Friday, July 21, 2017


Many of us are always scanning for the unique spark that ramps up our creative brain. Inspiration often springs upon us unexpectedly as in a dream, on a quiet walk, meditation, or on the web. For me, it is behind the lens on travels near and far. I'll share a few images of pattern, texture, and colors. I love the color of the blossoms in this fountain at the Kirana Spa at the amazing Royal Pita Maha Resort in Ubud Bali.

The rock walls of the Kirana Spa display the artistry of Balinese craftsmen.

A wonderfully colorful wall and an ancient door in Villefranche-sur-Mer.

I am always amazed at the creativity of fashion designers. I found this fabulous jacket in a boutique on the Via del Babuino in Rome.

The Kasbah of Udayas in Rabat Morocco is a labyrinth of colorful lanes.

I was struck by the juxtaposition of the new and the ancient in this image of scaffolding in Istanbul's Hagia Sofia.

The shade of green is fabulous on the "Hen's Eye Column" in the Basilica Cistern in Istanbul. The "eyes and tears" represent the many slaves who built this ancient cistern in the 2 & 3rd century.

Contemporary mirrored buildings in Barcelona.

I am always amazed at the wondrous architectural vision of Antoni Gaudi in Barcelona. He created "Casa Battlo" between 1904 and 1906.

Intricate tile work at the Amber Fort near Jaipur.

Colorful discoveries in a child's garden.

There really isn't anything more inspiring than the beauty of flowers. I found this fabulous bloom in my brother's garden on the Big Island.

The intricacy of color and pattern in the Wat Pho Temple in Bangkok.

Ancient Roman columns at the Amalfi Cathedral.

I love this door near the Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech. Wouldn't it be fun to see what is behind it?

A kaleidoscopic array of hand-blown glassware in Biot France.  I shipped back some purple ones.

China always inspires us with its diversity. The colorful glazes on the tiles of the dragon wall in Beijing's "Forbidden City" are amazing!

The stonework on this path in Suzhou China was fascinating.

Fall colors mix wonderfully with Chihuly glass at an exhibit at the Denver Botanical garden.

I visited a furniture workshop in Marrakech and found these old doors against a wall.

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***All images by Dick Gentry. They may not be shared without permission.

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