Inspiration Field Trips

Sometimes the best thing to get inspired is to take a walk or a drive with a camera and a sketchbook.

Last week we drove to a family Christmas party two hours away to Redmond, a tiny town in central Utah near where my mom grew up, and where I spent quite a bit of my childhood. It’s in the middle of nowhere and probably has more horses and chickens than people. I love the rolling hills and wide open fields.

Recently I realized the the surreal landscapes I often draw and paint are my own versions of this landscape, so I made sure to take a camera and sketchbook to hopefully catch some inspiration as we drove.

Winter and I aren’t the best of friends, but I love the way trees look without leaves, and I love this landscape any time of year. I watched these same hills in the car growing up as we drove down to Redmond to visit family, go to parties, or to camp.

It’s hard to get good pictures at 50 miles an hour (don’t worry, I wasn’t the one driving) but I did manage to get some decent ones. Please excuse the blurriness. I hope you can see what I see in these tangled trees and speckled hills.

I think I need to drive down to visit my aunt, and this time actually get out of the car to take pictures.

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Posted on December 10, 2011, in Art, Creativity, Nature, Seasons and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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