I’ve been trying to improve my fitness levels of late by walking more so this week I decided to see if I could kill two birds with one stone and use my walks to go in search of inspiration and try and wake up my sleeping muse. Camera in hand I headed out to Hengistbury Head – a beautiful coastal nature reserve that never fails to lift my spirits and this visit was no exception. I had plenty to play with by the time I got home
Anyone who follows me on facebook will know I have something of a passion for the beach huts that are plentiful in my region – they’ve inspired me to create beads and jewellery in the past and this photo certainly rekindled that passion. I just love the soft winter sunlight in this picture that creates a lovely muted tone to these huts compared to the bright harsh light of summer when they’re usually photographed.
|Beads by Staci-Louise Smith, Silke Grober, Outwest and Tracey Seder-Donoughe|
This image is taken across a wild fowl reserve and I really like the way the stream wends it’s way through the salt marsh and draws the eye to the Priory in the distance. It’s a very tranquil scene and appeals to my love of anything earthy and natural which I tried to match in my bead selection.
|Beads by Analyse Taylor, Rebekah Payne, Kaz Baildon, Jan Onipenco, Pippa Chandler and Elaine Ray|
I was particularly interested in textures when I was choosing beads for this one but to be honest, I think this image may be more of an inspiration for my own clay work – if I could get glazes or finishes like this…wow!
|Beads By Kaz Baildon, Caroline Dewison, Julie Fountain, Karen Totten, Marsha Neal-Minutella, Kristen Stevens and Rebekah Payne|
|Beads by Mari-Carmen Rodriguez Martinez, Ciel Creations, Sally Carver, Lesley Jane and Anne Gardanne|
So did this technique work in terms of motivating me? Well, apart from having the beads as a starting point my brain is also thinking ahead to possible clay and textile projects and I’ve been scribbling in my note book again the past couple of days. Put that together with the fresh air and exercise and I think you can say it was a success so, if you’re suffering from a creative block grab your camera and walking boots and give it a go!