As an artist you can find yourself in the studio for days on end without getting out into the world. I've been trying to remedy this situation with at least one trip a week in search of inspiration. Walks, or drives in the country or wherever inspiration my be hiding. Camera in hand or when I don't have my Nikon my iphone works perfectly well. I find these outings are essential. Even if it's just to clear the cobwebs from my mind and feel the sun on my face. Will any of these photographs make it into a final work of art? Maybe or maybe not. The same holds true for my sketchbooks. Some sketches are developed further and some are just enjoyed for what they gave me in the moment. My camera and sketchbooks are vital to me. Here I will post some of my finds. You can also see these on my daily(almost daily)journal on Instagram as well. Some of this may end up on my journal/blog also. I do have to admit that blogging can be a challenge for me. I post to Instagram far more. It's faster and easier for me to do. But with that said if there is something that I want to talk about in more depth then the blog may work better for that. It's all a work in progress.....trying to manage studio time and social media which can eat away at your working time. I'm still trying to find my balance with that. Here you will see works in progress, inspiration and sketchbook etc. If your looking for more tapestry work in progress I will be adding that to the tapestry/textiles section as well. Tapestry takes time so I find that in progress pics really seem to be essential because of the time involved and I personally like to see the process of other weavers so I think others enjoy seeing that as well.
The Old Silo....covered in vines and rust. I love it.
Winter walks.... I've been seeing faces in the stone and ice lately. Do you see them? These were discovered on my walk to the post office. The joys of living in a little old town that has all sorts of great old buildings and wabi-sabi texture. There are so many great old structures in Pennyslvania.
The beauty of tea,graphite,ink.....my sketchbook is overflowing with tea paintings, doodles, sketches, mark making....and so it goes. Asemic writing also fills the pages. And of course a little tea dyeing on linen thrown in for good measure.
Old Cemeteries and aging houses etc. call to me. The Wabi-Sabi of it all. I can't help myself. All images by©DL Rigter.
Lichen Inspiration....the colors and textures always capture my imagination. Here you can see how a new painting wip is influenced by the colors of stone and lichen. Plus my tea paint cup spoke to me as well. Time to brew up some more.
Birds...Birds....Birds....doodles, sketchbook, watercolor, ink, photography, tea etc.
Shot this wonderful old painted wood board outside of an Antique shop. Inspired...I dyed the mustard and found the other colors in my hand dyed yarn stash. I love this combination of hues.