Searching for Inspiration
While in Denver, Colorado recently I spent almost an entire day in the Denver Art Museum. I have been in quite a few museums and I have to say this one was spectacular. Not only were the exhibits amazing, there were hands on activities where children could learn about a specific piece of art and create their own, and comfortable chairs to sit and take in the art, there were also journals throughout the museum that allowed visitors to share their thoughts on the works.
I cannot say enough wonderful things about the staff and the quality of the exhibits. If you ever have a chance to go and visit this museum, do it.
I was so inspired by this visit, not only the museum but the city as well, that the next day I sat down at an outside café and sketched for several hours.
Here are a few of the images from the museum that inspired me:
I really enjoyed the indigo experiment and plan on doing another vat in the near future. Here is my favorite piece that came out of that process. It is this beautiful banana fiber yarn that I found at Darn Good Yarn. Be careful, that website is a feast for the eyes with delicious yarns.
Detail from decorative metal door guard.
Walking around Budapest for the last 2 weeks has pushed me further into my concept of layering. All around I see layers of some sort. Layers on the building from weathering, pollution, and construction. Layers of paint and rust on metal. Layers of history of this beautiful country and culture
One of my favorite places in this world is the The National Museum of African Art in Washington, DC. If you haven’t experienced this museum, you must go.
Out of all of the museums I have been to, it is here where I am most inspired. I will just sit on those wonderful benches and take in all that is around me. I sketch, take photos (when I can), and just take in the history. Think about the people who used these artifacts, how they were used, when they were used... There is something special and magical about this place.
Here are a few shots of what inspired me this trip. If you click on the images, it will take you to the corresponding page on the National Museum of African Art.
Masquerade costume Date: Mid-20th century
Koranic writing board Date: Mid-to late 20th century
There was an exceptional exhibit of Lalla Essaydis' work. After I came home I did a google search and was rewarded with such beautiful images of her work and information on her art.
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I am the Mom to three, Wife, Mixed-Media Artist, Contemporary Quilter, Art Teacher, and the forever home to Josey and Lucy.