Thursday, July 19, 2012

The Inspiration Quest

There are moments when my creative brain flows almost effortlessly and other times when it grinds to a total halt. Everyone in the creative arena has a system to relight the fire. I start by going over design magazines like House Beautiful, Elle D├ęcor, Traditional Home, and Architectural Digest. Travel magazines give a visual boost as well. Design & fashion blogs, Houzz, and Pinterest are great for a visual kick start. I’ll share a few other ideas to assist in your creative quest.

I find inspiration in the creative instincts of my wife and daughters. I’m listening more.

I can walk for hours checking out cool window displays in Paris, Rome or Brussels.

Displace yourself in unfamiliar territory. Travel helps rewire my creative brain.

I sit and admire an interesting painting.

Do you want to see really beautiful product and packaging colors? Check out the cosmetic department in Nieman Marcus or Nordstrom.

Embrace nature with a long walk outdoors.

Let me loose in an amazing store of visual treats.

I am inspired by the mystery, depth of color and luminosity of silk fabrics.

I love the canvas of ancient walls.

There is no better creative elixir than being near the sea or a wonderful lake.

Sometimes I empty the mind while on a long bike ride. I now have room for new thoughts and ideas.

There is that special dream time you find just before waking up in the morning. Great ideas can generate from this place.

***WHAT INSPIRES YOU????

Image credit: Dick Gentry, Architectural Digest, OPI, Papayaart.

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