Monday, July 20, 2009

she's back on that inspiration thing again

like many out there, i was inspired by the women of 3191, quietly, mindfully depicting their lives on opposite coasts. and again like many, i longed for such a project. one which would push my photography. one which would push me to be more mindful of everyday things myself. one which i would share with someone whose photography and view of the world inspired me. and i am so happy that i have found kristina and that project. we were just discussing last evening that we found each other thru the überfabulous sandra juto's blog. and we all know she's very inspiring too - so thanks sandra, you undoubtedly don't know it, but you brought us together. and i'm so pleased with what's unfolding.  both kristina and i were traveling last week and we're sharing our travel photos all week, but first, a little glimpse of the weekend just gone by. do go check it out here.


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as you all undoubtedly have noticed, i travel quite a lot. i need the excitement. i need the pulse. i need to see new things, to experience new things. going away makes me more grateful for home as well. in short, travel is a sort of life blood to me, keeping my perspectives fresh and my eye honed. it makes me tick. i was thinking about the things that i look for when i travel. i find i'm drawn to the familiar...


starbucks only recently came to denmark and it's only in the airport, so i associate starbucks with travel (sorry bill, i love a good starbucks latte, despite what they did to the sonics). and look how relaxing it is!

but mostly, i'm drawn to the strange, the unexpected, the challenging...




and i'm a sucker for a good ruin--tho' this one--newgrange, a stone age site, was a bit reconstructed (in the 60s, can you tell?) for my taste...



there were some marvelous petroglyphs (my beloved helleristninger) there, which i am certain will be showing up soon in my art.


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i've been vicariously watching the results of rachel's latest art journaling course go up in the flickr group and have been doing a bit of art journaling along with it...as you saw last month. and i've got a couple of pages going, where i have created a lovely background and i'm totally stuck on the words. me, stuck on words, imagine that. i wonder why that happens? i'm trying not to obsess about it and just let them come in their own good time and in the meantime, enjoy making pages that will be great bases for the eventual words.

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hmm, what else inspires of late?


there's a lot of shoe and foot photography out there in the blogosphere these days and i'm finding it has made me a little obsessed with both buying new shoes and photographing them. hmm. i wonder if this particular bit of inspiration is healthy? got these in dublin (which you already know if you've been hanging out on twitter). they're super comfortable and they look pretty in the afternoon sun. 

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i find myself going back again and again to look at jude hill's marvelous spirit cloth creations. both on her blog and on flickr. her small quilted stories are so dense with layered meaning that i am just drawn to them and inspired by them. i've worked a bit farther on the first piece that has arisen from her inspiration and still don't know what it will be. i'm using it as an exercise in patience as well and just enjoying the process of watching it unfold before me and trying to listen to my inner muse when she tells me what comes next.


where are you finding inspiration these days?

13 comments:

kristina said...

you are so sweet! at the risk of sounding like an 80s (?) song: you're the inspiration! I'm so glad we're doing this :-)

wv rewlsang: to sing a song of praise and admiration to a fellow blogger - "kristina rewlsanged julochka all day" ;-)

spudballoo said...

Oh how super...i'm coming back to read all the links later but it looks great. You went WIIIIIDE....you went big...your blog looks fab for it, good move!

The Fragrant Muse said...

There you go getting all inspired again, thereby getting US all inspired. You do know don't you that now everyone is going to have big pictures on their blog? I'm already on it. If you ate worms, we'd eat worms. Please don't start eating worms.

I adore the photo of you and Sabin in Starbucks.
Your shoes remind me of Sabin's handstiched shoes you have on flickr.
And why is the pacifier photo not as clear as the others?

Janni said...

The Fragrant Muse is right - I want big pictures on my blog too. I guess you just inspired me...

I also get ALOT of inspiration from blogs, sadly i allmost spend all my (spare) time reading and getting inspired, but never get to the creative part of it.

rxBambi said...

when does the longing for inspiration to strike get replaced by actual inspiration? I can copy things(not very well, but a copy none the less) but I can't figure out my own. Come and inspire me.

Michelle said...

Lovely post. I love your point of view

Molly said...

Love the new format - think I might need a wide one too ...
Love the shoes - but with socks? Hmmm, not so sure ;)
Catching up, enjoying your posts- as always xx

kristina * said...

what a great post! i love 3191 too. and am so glad you and kristina started your new blog together - such a cool thing to see your views paired.

and i love, love, love the little round patches - on that blanket and on sabin's trousers you blogged about the other day. so pretty.

thinking seriously about coming to blog camp 2.0. will let you know once i worked it all out (hoping there might still might be spaces left then)!

Char said...

love the coffeeshop shop - beautiful inspirations.

SE'LAH... said...

lovely post.
awesome pics.

jude said...

hey thanks....love your dots!

My name is Erin. said...

I love the shot of the pigeon on the shoulder. I'd put that in a frame. That statue has so much character. Which is probably why someone made a statue of him. ;p Who is he?

I've been inspired by my new home. It was built in the late 70's and inhabited by old people, but I have a vision! I built my first fire-pit yesterday and put in another flower bed. Hmmm... I love it!

Janet said...

am catching up on all your secrets Julie. Am a bit behind in reading, commeting, etc. must say i adore the pic of you and Sabin in starbucks. don't know what it is about a coffee shop, starbucks in particular, that make them such a comfy laid back place to hang out. so ... did your domestic goddess of a husband take that photo? ;)