Inspiration. Where do you find yours?

Inspiration. What an elusive thing. Really hard to describe. Words don’t always fit. It’s really more of a feeling – a visceral experience… at least for me. My pulse quickens…my breathing becomes shallow…my vision blurs…I get goosebumps. That’s what I experience when I am inspired, truly inspired. I know it sounds a bit like I’m having a heart attack, but really, for me, it’s more like falling in love, even if just for a moment. So what might cause this kind of physical reaction in me? Where do I find my inspiration? That’s a question I get asked a lot. Having spent my life pursuing one creative venture after another, it’s a good question.

13wine500.1Well today, the New York Times provided two really good examples of things that inspired me. The first was somewhat expected – in an article on an absinthe, that mysterious, mythical, recently legalized drink. What first grabbed my attention was the photo of a stunning Art Nouveau fountain used to drip the water over a sugar cube into the beautiful green liquid. The lines are gorgeous… so fluid, so graceful. It harkens back to a more civilized time. The second were the descriptions of the absinthe itself…from crystal clear to celadon to tourquoise. The flavor… anise and herbs. Then, the alchemy…when water is added, it moves from being clear to an opalescent cloud. Heaven. Now I have never had the opportunity to taste absinthe, butI love the name, the color and reading this article made me want to run out and try it, as long as I could also have it served from a stunning Art Nouveau fountain.

netoslide17Art is something that never fails to inspire me. Again the NYT didn’t disappoint. They have an online slide show of an art installation by Brazilian artist Ernesto Armory. These photos literally took my breath away. This installation engages all of your senses – sight, smell, touch, taste and sound –  and the organic, sensual, forms are other-worldly. To be able to conceive of such a thing is beyond my comprehension. I stand in awe.

So where do I find my inspiration? Everywhere. I find it everywhere. I am so inspired by creative minds…artists, thinkers, innovators…the way they work, their vision, their passion. I am inspired by things of beauty, art, color, texture – natural and man-made. I am inspired by people…your average, everyday people…living their lives, going to work, raising their kids. I am inspired by my brother, one of the most remarkable people I know. I find inspiration everywhere. It IS everywhere, all you have to do is look.

Where do you find your inspiration? Tell me, I’d love to know.

Photos: Absinthe – Tony Cenicola/New York Times,
Neto –  Librado Romero/The New York Times

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5 Responses to “Inspiration. Where do you find yours?”


  1. 1 petrasokolova May 14, 2009 at 7:47 am

    I find mine where you find yours. In the triviality of everyday as well as in the most unorthodox and complex pieces of art. I also find it in other people’s words and experiences, so thank you for sharing and providing some inspiration!

  2. 2 onthedot May 14, 2009 at 10:21 am

    Yes, everywhere, but also in my own mind. We have two eyes that look outward, but we also have eyes that look inward. I know I’ve been inspired when I think to myself, “I should have thought of that”, or “I wish I had done that”. And, of course, when I see your work, Martha. I can no more do interior design on my own, than cast a bronze without a foundry. I think artists can be inspired, but also need to know where to draw the line, so to speak, and seek help. That would be me.

  3. 3 Martha Murray May 14, 2009 at 11:22 am

    Thank you for the kind words. And yes, we all have our strengths and talents, knowing when to ask for help is essential. So we will continue to inspire each other and cheer each other on to greater heights.

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  5. 5 Martha Murray May 31, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Please share. That’s why I write it. I appreciate you asking.


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