Wednesday, October 17
Inspiration Comes From Strange Places
On my wall in my office (the living room) is a cherry tree branch. Because of the way our living room is set up, the wall with the branch is actually the best place for my desk so I look at it. A lot. I have the branch coming into the wall from the side wall, as if it might be stretching from a large tree around the corner. I'm not entirely sure why, but that branch has inspired a lot of scenes for me. Not that I stick my characters up trees or anything. At least not on a regular basis.
That tree branch helps me look forward - especially in the dog days of winter, which are just around the corner, when we're surrounded by ice and snow and cold. All not fun things to be surrounded by, in my opinion.
I added a ribbon board last fall in coordinating colors. The ribbon board holds my character collages, a few inspirational sayings and two fortune cookie fortunes that have been...well, fortunate. Both I got within a couple of days of something good happening in my life.
These aren't great pieces of great artwork and no, the branch isn't real. It's one of those wall decal things. Chocolate brown branch, butterfly sniffing a blossom and baby-pink blooms hanging on. A few of the blossoms look like they're blowing away in the wind - I took a little artistic license when I put it up. I think what I like best about the branch is that it's spring to me - and spring is everything hopeful.
When the grass greens up, when those first tulip bulbs pop out of the earth, when the birds wake me up at the crack of dawn...I know the snow is just about over and long, warm days are in my future. But more than that, I know that I am not stuck, because just as the seasons keep our flowers and trees from being perennially bare or blossoming, the bloom on my wall helps me remember - even on days when the writing is hard - that some of the days are perfect 77-degree, not a grey cloud in the sky day. And that keeps me going.
What do you find inspirational about your work space?