Every year, I hunt down an art calendar for my office wall. Something to inspire me. Something to stimulate. Something to make me smile. Something with color, imagination, power.
In 2008, it was Harley-Davidson. Sixteen months of motorcycles, baby, starting with September of 2007. My favorite was the FLSTC Heritage Softail Classic. Yum.
No, wait. It was the FLHRSE Screamin’ Eagle Road King. So many Harleys, so little time.
Edward Hopper, American artist 1882-1967 was my 2009 choice. I love his use of bold color.
Uh, oh. In 2010, it was Edward Hopper revisited. I forgot to change my calendar that year.
In 2000 it was COWBOYS by Christopher Marona. What’s not to love about cowboys? And there were many years of On The Trail Day Planners, by western photographer Kim Taylor, that I propped on an easel, never writing one day-plan within. I couldn’t. The images were too beautiful. I love her work.
This year, my wall calendar of choice is Inuit Art 2011 by Dorset Fine Arts — Inuit Art from Kinngait Studios in Canada’s Nunavut Territory. The image, Handstand by Shuvinai Ashoona (Stonecut & Stencil 2010), that you see there is what I’m looking at right now. Right now.
I gravitate to visuals to jump-start my creative juices. It’s my fruit smoothie for the brain.
That’s how we roll.
What about you?
Ornery Sven just strolled in. He’s a muse with a ‘tude. Sven is not a visual kind of guy. He’s more of a drop and give me 10 pages kind of guy.
I can read his mind. Must be the brain smoothie working.