Subconscious Inspiration

Inspiration can come from anywhere.  And, sometimes I don’t even know it’s inspiring my work until after I completed a painting or two.

During my recent stay in our home in Winthrop, Washington, I discovered what was giving me inspiration…and it was just outside my window.


In the Spring, my husband planted wild flowers in our front yard. These are all local seeds that grow well in our area. After many months of watering and weeding, the flowers are in full bloom and bursting with beautiful color.

It wasn’t until I completed my first painting and I was glancing out the window that I realized the colors of the flowers were all in my painting. I named the first one “Bloom” and soon several more followed.

Although each one was a little different than the previous, the colors all mimicked the ones I saw in my yard. “Bloom” numbers 1 – 5 from left to right:

Here are a couple of pictures of my work in progress. I usually start with mark making using pencils and graphite. Then I continue by adding black paint and bright colors as the under-painting. The next couple of layers include more paint, mark making and scratching into the wet surface. I usually finish the piece with more mark making after the paint has dried.

I love how inspiration can come from anywhere. Sometimes it’s obvious and other times it’s in our subconscious waiting for us to recognize where it came from.


I’ll be at the Mountain View (California) Art & Wine Festival this weekend (September 9  & 10). Stop by to see my artwork in person.

Bloom numbers 3, 4 and 5 in the photo above are available for purchase. Message me for more details.

Wishing you a creative day,




Subconscious Inspiration

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