Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Where's the Inspiration When You Need it?

Little did I know how much painting inspiration I was going to get out of that vegetable share I did last year. Why didn't I think of it as an investment in my artwork this season? What was I thinking when I decided not to bother doing it again, only because I wasn't thrilled with the selection of the produce, for eating anyway?

Every week I dragged myself across Long Island to pick up my haul and dreaded what kind of crazy leafy greens I would find, only to get so excited by all the shapes and color that I photographed everything. And then I created artwork of it all. All my complaining about painting from life rather than my photos, were dashed with the veggie awakening. 

Rooftop Scene ©2012 Dora Sislian Themelis
9x12 Watercolor, Arches cold press paper
Now look at me! I can't find anything to get excited about painting. Okay, a landscape here and there, flowers in the garden, but nothing like last summer's work.

What a drag.

So here I am, painting this and that, and making more jewelry. It's fine. I've made a commitment to a one night shopping venue the first week of September so I may as well add to my inventory.

Greek and Turkish beads with waxed cotton cord

Greek and Turkish beads with waxed cotton cord

Long bead bracelet on the wrist

The colors and shapes are interesting. I'm trying to put a positive spin on my trysts with Mr. Resistance. Not so sure it's working for me. 


  1. your bracelets are beautiful! I feel ya on searching for inspiration -- seems like it's the hardest part of the whole painting process.

    1. Thanks Jenny! Somehow I need to take myself on a little Artist's date someplace interesting to get ideas going.

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