Finding inspiration.

Finding inspiration can be one of the toughest parts of being an artist.

Sitting down at a blank piece of paper or stark, white canvas can feel intimidating. What do I draw? What do I paint? Where do I start?

I took a very inspiring online course presented by Alisa Burke (check out her blog here) which helped me to realize and remember I can find inspiration all around me.

Yesterday Andy and I celebrated our third wedding anniversary. He surprised me with a very pretty little flower arrangement he carried carefully in his backpack while riding the train and then hopping on his bike to finally make it home. He pulled the flowers from his backpack like a magician pulls a rabbit from a hat, and was met with a look of awe and surprise as he handed them to me.


I love flowers.

I love that he carried them in his backpack for me.

I love that they took me by surprise.

I love him.

So, today I dedicate a page in my sketchbook to him and those sweet, surprising flowers.

45 minute sketch

Mechanical pencil, Koi watercolor, .05 Micron pen

I started off with a quick pencil sketch, trying to capture the shape and texture of the flowers without worrying too much about perfection.


Then I added a bit of watercolor, exaggerating some of the actual colors found in the arrangement.


And when I was through with all the color, I thought it could use a bit more definition. So, I outlined the original pencil drawing with one of my Micron pens.


A happy 45 minutes spent in my sketchbook this morning reflecting on a sweet gesture from my love.

Where do you find your inspiration?


6 Responses to "Finding inspiration."

  1. Love this, Janine! The writing, the sketch, the flowers (and that boy who gave them to you), the heart … well, all of it.
    Was thinking about your question: Where do I find inspiration? I think maybe it finds me. You know, it feels like God taps me on the shoulder and sort of whispers, “Pssst – hey! Here I am. Slow down and look and listen to Me!” Then I want to express what He shows me, so I do. For now, I mostly write. But who knows? Maybe one day I’ll branch out and use colors instead of words (after all, I now have my very own art starter kit, right?).

    • janine says:

      Aww! You know, I like what you said there. God really does just find us where we are, and Praise Him that He does! I love your writing and am excited that someday you might try using colors instead of words… 😉

  2. joanna says:

    is it for sale?? I smell etsy coming…

    • janine says:

      Oh, Jo… so much to do, so little time. Hopefully, someday I’ll find the energy to revamp my etsy and post my little sketches for sale… Thank you so much for the encouragement!

  3. Eloise Keeler says:

    Dear Janine,
    I love everything about this!!

    • janine says:

      Oh, thank you so much Eloise! You’re too sweet 🙂 Glad you loved this!

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