Finding Inspiration Right Outside My Window

February 28, 2011

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Inspiration for new designs seem to come when you least expect them. Friends share their ideas, time is spent browsing art and sculpture on the computer and I explore galleries and museums.

While Deb and I were in New York city exhibiting at the International Gift Show last month, we saw an incredible variety of designs from around the world. After being surrounded by all of this art for a week, I couldn’t wait to start sketching on the flight home.

At home the next morning I was sitting near the window trying to figure out what direction to take.  I had a  dozen or so sketches inspired from everything I had seen in New York. Eventually I noticed hundreds of footprints on the snow covering the hill behind our home. While we were gone, the neighborhood kids had been sledding and enjoying the deep snow and sunshine.

That’s when it happened!  I was suddenly taken back to when I was one of those kids braving the cold and sledding with my friends. With fond winter memories spinning in my brain, this is what I sculpted, something cold, exciting and full of childhood joy.

After experiencing all of the great art in New York city, inspiration was found where I least expected it, right outside my own window.

 


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