Finding inspiration from other artists.

often people ask me where I find my inspiration from. This is always a difficult question to answer as it comes from many different places: a day out sketching or photographing; works I have previously made; poems and other inspitational writings etc. In fact inspiration is all around us if only we allow ourselves time to see it. This weeks inspiration came from reading a blog by another artist that I admire (Ruth Armitage) and she had given some prompts to her readers having read a book called “Expressive Drawing” by Steve Aimore. As an owner of this very book I was immediately excited by the prompts, and went off to the studio with them in hand. Now as Ruth’s prompts were for acrylic users and I love watercolour, I slightly changed what I did. It’s a bit like artistic Chinese whispers where each artists brings to the table their own experiences and loves. Why did I feel so compelled to follow the prompts? Well, as it was about using lines, and I have been exploring making lines in different ways recently, it seemed like a natural follow on. I somewhat followed the prompts, and went where the art took me. I used drawing materials plus black and white watercolour. oh, and a bit of Sanguine snuck in!


unfinished. Graphite, neo art, neo colour11, acrylic ink, acrylic markers. First layer.


Unfinished. Liquid watercolour, graphite, acrylic ink, masking tape, masking fluid.

The two above are unfinished and now need a watercolour layer.


This one is finished. Watercolour, liquid ink and watercolour, acrylic markers, graphite, woody pencil.

This was tremendously fun and I really learned a lot about which marks I like. I loved: dripping lines with watercolour, acrylic ink or water; drawing with pencils, graphite sticks and neoart or neocolour and finally printing lines with flat edges of card. I look forward to trying to finish the first two examples and had great fun with the third one. I hope that you too feel inspired to have a go at making lines and finding what works for you.