Tuesday, August 3, 2010


Evening's Call
Oil on Linen

Where does the inspiration that goes into a painting come from?  Sometimes the artist doesn't even know.  I think we all have subconscious memories of landscapes witnessed from years back.  There may have been a moment in time that was so vivid that it was stored as a precious sensory experience.  

I know we all do this with scents and foods we've tasted from our childhood and beyond.  Just a whiff of vanilla brings me back to when my mother was baking in the kitchen when I was a child.  Biting into a juicy hamburger reminds me of when my dad would make them on the charcoal grill.  I imagine the same is true with inspiring skies we've seen over the course of our lifetime.  

Skies are always so fleeting.  If a photo isn't taken right then and there, the moment is gone for good.  Sometimes I don't know where the inspiration comes from.  But I think that a lot of inspiration comes from some moment that was so poignant that it was locked away.  Until imagination sets it free.


Caroline said...

Beautifully written Janelle and so true. I love your painting it is so delicate and the transparent layers of light and dark colours simply shine out.

willow said...

I'm always taken by surprise by inspiration! Your Evening's Call is beautiful.

Jill Berry said...

Thoughts of beauty~
...work as well!

Karen said...

Isn't it amazing that painting can free those moments that you referred to as locked away? It's like we're able to go down deep into ourselves and retrieve them.

Catherine Jeffrey said...

First of all, your painting is wonderful. I like the yellow and ochre glow around the trees and the water, and the pinks in the sky. A lovely translucent serene scene. Your words are such food for thought. Inspiration...and where does it come from? I agree that there are probably moments in our lives that have impacted on our imaginations. As artists, I think we consciously or even unconciously feel the need to recreate it. Sometimes a scene will move me and inspire me and I will tell myself to just enjoy the moment and that it is not my responsibility to capture it forever!

susan hong-sammons said...

so true and this painting takes me back to many twilight walks. beautiful

Janelle Goodwin said...

Hi Caroline, Thank you, you're so kind.

Hi Willow, Yes, that's a great way to put it - surprised by inspiration. Thanks!

Hi Jill, Yes, thoughts of beauty do work well!

Hi Karen, I agree that we do have beautiful memories locked away. So true!

Hi Catherine, Thank you. Yes, enjoying the moment. Kind of like being in the zone. That's the best!

Hi Susan, Twilight is my favorite time of day. Thanks!

Betsy said...

I agree...inspiration can come from anything! Things that inspire us through site and smell have got to be the strongest! I love the clouds in this painting!

neetzy said...

The sky is this painting was the first thing I noticed. We were driving back from a family reunion today. The sunset over the mountains was amazing. I saw a young couple get out of the car to take a photo. You are so right. Those moments are so rare and fleeting!

loriann said...

Your paintings seem to reach right inside, deep down. Another beauty.

Joan Sicignano Artist said...

Wonderful words and wonderful painting. All the best to you.

Joan Breckwoldt said...

A beautiful painting and a beautiful post to go along with it. Reading your blog is always like a breath of fresh air,

Janelle Goodwin said...

Hi Betsy, Thanks! Oh, and I keep thinking about your cupcakes. Yum!

Hi Neetzy, Yes, they are so fleeting. Which makes me wonder why the camera isn't always with me. Thanks!

Hi Loriann, Thanks so much. We all enjoyed your workshop experiences too!

Hi Joan, Thanks for your words and stopping by!

Hi Joan, Thanks and I've been enjoying your plein air experiences too!