Looking for Inspiration

During my last trip to the DRC, I had been inspired by the traditional masks and arts and crafts to work on a big piece, which I usually don’t do.  But since that turned out so well, I decided that I was going to do another one, and came prepared with all the pens that I thought I would be using.

As you probably know, you can’t force inspiration.

I knew that I would be doodling or scribbling at some point during the trip.  But as I looked around for inspiration, I couldn’t find anything that I liked.

I started working on this, with a plan that I would just fold the poster paper again, and work on a panel with whatever designs I come up with.  Except that my OCD brain kicked in, and said that it had to be the same on all four panels.  Oh well …

Freehand, out of proportion, and a little off-center.  Maybe it won’t look so bad once it’s all filled in.

Meanwhile, in my little sketchbook, I had also started some doodles, and putting some ideas to paper to see how it would look.

And that’s when inspiration hit … 

See those flowers?  I got them from the bed runner … and came up with the squiggly lines for the leaves … and realized that I could draw these up on the poster paper too …

So I flipped the paper over, and started drawing …

And there it is … the inspiration for my next DRC masterpiece …

Can’t wait to see how this one ends up …

 

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