Monday, December 7, 2009

Looking for Inspiration

This fiery sky photo was taken last year when my husband and I attended an outdoor wedding in Galena, Illinois. The sky was truly inspiring that evening, as if it was giving a wink and nod to the bride and groom.

I'm in "inspiration gathering" mode myself. I know once I start to get inspired, it's as if the floodgates open and it comes in fast and furious. All I need to do is catch it. I'm also looking through some of my favorite books for inspiration. This is one of my very favorite quotes:

I open the door. The gorgeous guest
from afar sweeps in. In her hands are
her gifts - the gifts of hours and far-seeing
moments, the gift of mornings and evenings,
the gift of spring and summer, the gift
of autumn and winter. She must have searched
the heavens for boons so rare.

- Abbie Graham


11 comments:

Betsy said...

Well, that sky and poem seem to be the perfect inspiration...both are wonderful!

Catherine Jeffrey said...

Great to hear that you are becoming inspired! Lovely poem. All of these things that nature provides are truly gifts for the soul.

rahina q.h. said...

Looking forward to the floodgates opening Janelle and a lovely quote and so apt as the mad rush for another commercialised christmas builds up speed:) r.

Kathleen Krucoff said...

Beautiful photo Janelle and I see lots of inspiration in it. So nice to read it was taken over by Galena...I passed that way about 3 years ago and always find the landscape so beautiful there. My mom was born and raised close to that area. Lots of sentimental stuff for me.

Here's to your breakthrough! May the floodgates open. :)

Karen said...

You will find it...or maybe you already have and it's germinating...
it's a beautiful poem, too.

Janelle Goodwin said...

Hi Betsy, Maybe I'll start with that photo of the sky ...hummmm.

Hi Catherine, Yes, it's all out there in nature. Maybe a walk in the woods? Love your new studio. I'm jealous :)

Hi Rahina, The mad rush ...I'm trying to ignore it, but no such luck. I guess we're all caught up in it.

Hi Kathleen, Interesting that your mom was born and raised around the Galena area. It's so beautiful with the rolling hills. Thanks.

Hi Karen, Thanks for your encouragement. Maybe I should just paint what I see ...like you do:)

Visit said...

Beautiful pic and poem. Lots of breath taking and inspiring sights in Galena, IL.

http://www.visitgalena.org

Diane Hoeptner (hep-ner) said...

Gee, I really like that idea of "inspiration gathering" mode. However, I think my own creative pause may be less poetic. ...and more "it's too cold to think let alone paint, brrrrrr." Wishing you (and me) a quick return to creative pursuits!

neetzy said...

Beautiful sky! I always get inspired by beautiful scenes when I'm driving to work. The sun is coming up. You have that limited amount of time when the light is perfect. I may consider taking my camera everyday to catch those moments!

Tina Steele Lindsey said...

Your work is so poignant, Janelle, so lovely. I look forward to learning more aobut you.

Janelle Goodwin said...

Hi Diane, Let's get the long underwear out. I think I have a paint spattered down coat somewhere. I bet you do too :)

Hi Neetzy, So true, seeing the most skies and scenery while in the car. There should be a camera in my purse at alll times (but there usually isn't.

Hi Tina, Thanks for stopping by my blog with your kind comment!