Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Day 10 (30 in 30 for 30): There's An Elephant in My Shower!

"Elephant Shower" 8x10 acrylic on wood

Today's painting was inspired by... yesterday's shower!

People often ask me where I get the ideas for my paintings.  The truth is... they come from all over. 

Sometimes the inspiration comes from words like "spent" or "afterward".  Sometimes the inspiration comes from a friend's challenge ("dog?!?").  Sometimes the inspiration comes from what is happening in my life at that very moment ("fire dog" and "birthday boy" are examples).  And sometimes the sources of my inspiration are a bit more... er, um... unusual.  Today's painting is a perfect example.

As the steam and water started to cling to my shower curtain liner yesterday I noticed an image starting to emerge...

Do you see it?

There was an elephant in my shower, so I did what anyone would do - I quickly toweled off and ran to get my camera!

A Palm Tree Too!

I love the colors that the blues and browns of my bathroom paired with the warm morning light created in the photos.  (I am planning on using that palette in the future.)  Since today also happens to be the start of Whimsical Wednesday, I wanted to paint with bright, fun, light-hearted colors.  Be sure to stop by The Quotidian Journal blog for a big ol' dose of whimsy!

Make sure you also pay a visit to the Creative Every Day blog to check out some Day 10 art! 

28 comments:

  1. super cool kristin! love seeing your painting develop. xoxo

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  2. oh my gosh! this is fantastic, i love the shower curtain. - you are so clever. love your imagination! isn't it funny where the ideas come from! yours are original for SURE - I have glass shower doors, I will be looking for some inspiration there in the morning! ha ha ha. love this.

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  3. I want the bottomest picture-fied photo! Mine, mine, ☀ MINE ☀!

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  4. Lovely and so much fun! You make me smile with this painting. Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

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  5. this is simply fabulous - I love how this came out of the shower - it's great

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  6. I love it! I see things like this all the time and never think to capture them. Thanks for the great example.
    And I love the colors.

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  7. OMG how did you do this??? i want to understand the process. it is adobe or photoshop? (I don't know the difference!) i love every part of this kristin. this is an illustrated BOOK!

    i see things in the shower too. and on the floor and in my glove compartment. the world is one big place of imagination!!!

    love love
    kj

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  8. Love where the inspiration came from for this one! Great painting, keep it up!!!!

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  9. I love him! and I would have done exactly the same; in fact I think a waterproof camera kept in the bathroom would come in very handy sometimes ;-)

    I must have missed your illustration friday pictures somehow, I will keep a look out for them.

    J.

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  10. Woweee! What an eye you have and what a gorgeous elephant! I love your him!! I feel there may be a sudden increase in the sales of waterproof camera's coming on :)x

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  11. You are so clever! I used to love looking at my grandmothers wood paneling because I would see so many different faces and animal. But in my shower steam, that is great, I must start looking harder.

    Just love the elephant with the palm tree. Wonderful!

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  12. That is amazing! Art truly is everywhere.

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  13. So funny, so imaginative. Thanks for sharing your very interesting inspiration. :-)

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  14. It's great that inspiration is found in the simple daily routines, signs of a very creative and active mind, this is a wonderful post.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  15. I love reading about the way you think and how it shapes how you work. Actually, most of my good ideas come to me in the shower. Maybe I need to start bathing with my camera

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  16. That is the best example of how ideas come to you. I will definitely look at my shower differently from now on. That is such an adorable painting.

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  17. I love this. I also see creatures in my shower and paint them! It's nice to know I'm not the only one!

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  18. This is one coool lilac elephant...love it and how you showed us where it originated.....coooool.

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  19. This is so lovely. I’m a bit like you in this, I see images in things, like a face or an animal in the knots in a hard wood floor etc. I’m always imagining little characters. I have never thought of taking it to this level though. Thanks for sharing not only your art work but your creativity and technique as well.

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  20. oh wow, that is so clever. I would never think of something like that for a source of inspiration. LOL. Let alone run and get a shower. how very funny and clever too actually. Way to go Kristin, you are sooo doing this!! Good job. I am enjoying seeing all your work and you are getting tons of stuff to put up in your etsy...wen you ever get to that.

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  21. oh that is too cool. thank you for showing us.

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  22. Like your shower elephant. Kristin. Very perceptive to see even such a large animal in your shower! And the palm tree.

    Thanks for your fairly recent comment on my blog.

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  23. Okay, when you said you got inspiration in the shower, I immediately thought you got an idea while your brain was in idle in the shower like I do all the time (it is the best place ever to spark a great idea). It never occurred to me that you actually saw something in the shower that prompted art :D Wow. Great call.

    I love the colours in this piece and the angles. You're doing great :D I hope I can find a way to whimsey too, I don't think it comes too naturally to me.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Nutty
    (winding down like a toy car with a dying battery :D)

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  24. Love this - I am a big fan of whimsy. You are really using your "right" brain here!

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