Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Where Inspiration Comes From...

Today, I was sitting in my studio, finishing up the day's work (which went really well and I'm dying to see when it comes out of the kiln!) and I looked at the clock... the same clock that has hung in my studio since 2000. It's a hand-painted funky clock... She's a Garden Angel and her feet are the pendulum that swing back and forth (but to be honest, I'm not sure where her feet are right now. She got moved from one spot to another and the new spot didn't have a place to hang, so she sits instead) OK... I got off track a little.

ANYWAYS... I looked at this angel clock and went WHOA!!!! The face looks SO much like the little faces I've been making in my studio lately. Then I went WHOA!!! (again, but not audibly) The dress and wings look like my fairy godmothers!!!!! OMG! I've been influenced by someone else's work without even knowing it!!!!!

At first I felt a tiny bit guilty, but then I let that go. I find inspiration in other art forms, so this isn't unique... it just wasn't PLANNED and it kind of threw me a little. Seriously, the face on this little Garden Angel could have jumped right out of one of my kits! If she was tiny, she'd be a Sunshine ring face!!

My work started making a shift from serene and lovely to whimsical back in 2000, so it makes sense that I was drawn to this clock. But over the years, as my work has progressed, I can definitely see that this one clock had a bit of an influence! (and this is why I don't go look at the galleries on the glass forums or at anyone's glass pictures on Facebook or Etsy. I just don't want their images seeping into my work!! And it's so easy to not notice it happening. Better safe than copy-cat!)

SO... a big thank you to Michelle Allen who created this wonderful clock that has seeped its way into my subconscious over the last 12 years. Hopefully the bracelet (?) that I traded you has made you as happy as my clock has made me!

Visit Michelle's FUN work at her etsy shop... Allen Designs

tiny blah blah blah...

music - yes.. my praise music mix. I need to focus on what's important lately

coffee - no and I really needed it!

1 comment:

michelle allen said...

you are so sweet! that clock may have inspired you but you definitely have your own style. and i love it!!! super cool work.