Sunday, November 2, 2014

Inspiration From Strange Sources

Pen & Ink Fine Art By Doug Ashby
If you are an artist then you know that inspiration can creep up on you at the strangest moments. I don't believe I am consciously always on the lookout for my next idea, but in many ways I think my eyes, and mind, are open in different ways that makes finding inspiration possible. For this piece, and others in the same series, the inspiration came from a place I am at everyday. A place that is so routine one could be there in their sleep......that's used as a figure of speech.

This abstract artwork came to me in the shower. That's right, the shower. I know....I know. Not the most likely spot to launch a series of artworks. However one day I happened to see something, that I had seen many times before, just in a new light. It was my wife's hair. Now don't get too grossed out. I have to tell you my wife has a gorgeous mane of thick, long and curly red hair. And she sheds a lot. However she is really good at cleaning up after herself. Sometimes though, as life with little kids and full time jobs is busy, she leaves some behind. Always though she gathers up the strands and puts the on the edge to throw away later.

Now this particular clump was forming, as strange as this sounds, perfect circles built around the flowing strands. Very similar to the artwork you see here. I stared at this amazing collection of hair for a time and then took a pic of it after. Needless to say it served as the basis for a series of abstracts I have been working on. Perhaps this story is too much information, however I felt it need to be told.

The artwork seen here is an ACEO. If you are not familiar with that acronym it stands for Art Card Edition or Original. This one is an original artwork. ACEO's are small coming in only at 2.5" x 3.5". They are designed to be collectibles. I have seen whole albums of these that art lovers collect. They are affordable and fun.

This one is for sale on my etsy page. It is a mere $40.00. Not bad for an original, archival, piece of fine art. If you would like to see more then check it out!

As always I hope you enjoy the art.



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