Inspiration. It’s sacred. Sometimes we have too much. Sometimes we can’t even find a crumb of it between the couch cushions.
But inspiration isn’t a mystical, magical force of nature. It is something we can cultivate, build up and harvest. Some people call it filling the well.
You can fill the well by reading a book, taking a walk, or just living your life and observing the life of others.
One way I like to fill the well is with pictures. Beautiful imaginative artworks often spark something in me whether it is the urge to recreate it with my own rudimentary artistic skills or the faint new inklings of a story.
And so I’ve decided to start this new blog series; Visions of Whimsy: Inspiration for Writers and Illustrators.
We’ll kick things off with Into the Wide, Wide World by John Bauer from 1907. Allow the image to spark and idea or simply let it enter your subconscious to emerge one day completely unexpectedly.
About the artist:
John Bauer was a Swedish artist who lived from 1882 to 1918. He is known for his illustrations of gnomes, trolls and Swedish folklore. He, his wife and their son died in a shipwreck when he was only 36.
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