The Art of Inspiration

inspiration of the art in nature, tree photo,

The art of inspiration,  is being aware. So often I run about doing the daily tasks – oblivious to what is around me.  Whether its birds softly calling, or curtains dancing in the breeze… or even some fabulous graffiti. I can just miss out.

inspiration of the art in nature, tree photo,
Inspiration of Nature

While strolling in the welcome coolness of early morning – I was aware. I was fully present.

I had resolved to think of the entire day… as precious.


Art of Inspiration Opening My Eyes

This is an art that many of us forget or perhaps need to be retaught.  By deciding in advance, that every moment in this day was an investment – I opened the door for Inspiration.


These two photographs I’m sharing are 2 snippets out of 300 from my inspiring walk yesterday morning. I think I packed more into that space of time than even I thought possible.

I made every moment count.

And then I recorded each moment.


Woodland Inspiration, tree photo, art of being inspired,
Tree In the Woods

The two watercolor paintings from My Precious,  have part of their essence, part of the inspiration from the trees and branches I photographed on the stroll.



Inspiration is anywhere I choose it to Be.

But really Inspiration is within. What I have determined. What I am willing to open my mind to. How uniquely –  I am willing to view that object.

I went on a walk to the local parkland….  I could have taken that same journey through my house. And discovered as much, if not more, things of inspiration.

Teal Pool Forest Edge Inspiration, watercolors,
Teal Pool Forest Edge




I visited a rose garden, a wooded glen, a garden patch, a pond and a park; all just right down the road.  A short 10 minute walk.

My walk went on for the 2 hours because, I stopped many times…..

And smelled the roses along the way.




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The act of creation, in any media is a fascinating and magical process. I simply love to create. Expressing in color, line, tone, texture - as if, they were words upon a page. Creating a uniquely me, interpretation. Enjoy More of my "one-of-a-kind" expressive art at and,

40 thoughts on “The Art of Inspiration

  1. Stunning – love Tree in the Woods. Classic awareness, being present with what is there … 🙂

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  2. What a beautiful post! Thanks so much for the reminder and as always for sharing your fabulous work and inspirations. They are appreciated 😀😀

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    1. Thanks Jodi! I ran out of steam after my adventures… so they are quite small! 5×7 and 4×4 sizes. My hand was very sore after clicking 300+ shots. lol

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      1. so lovely – and just good to know the size as it is hard to tell from the shot. Keep on rockin’ it! 🙂


  3. Nature is a fabulous place, best place to be in with opened eyes, like a sponge I love to soak up everything which is offered. Your photos show how clear you can see “nature imitating art” and don’t waist any moment of that beauty and you sure don’t, you pick up your brush and let it flow, and boy is that beautiful and inspiring!

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    1. many thanks, muy gracias!!
      This time thats what I did; sometimes…it needs to ‘germinate’ awhile. 🙂
      ps. I’m STILL obsessing over your enchanting green shoes! sigh.

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  4. I can’t decide which I’m more in love with, the photos or the painting. Amazing inspiration for abstractions here… just breathes out of everything you do! Thank you for sharing (as always)! Yeah, it has to be the painting. It’s pretty amazing, Debi. I love the colors, warm & cool, the textures, the white spaces, and yes, the shapes! I see the bark on the trees, the fuzzy woods in the distance and that sparkling pool in the foreground…..sighing. And smiling!

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    1. thank you Laura, I’m really pleased you see the foundation for abstracts within these photos. plus, you’re enjoying the CTB forest and pool. 🙂
      thank you for such a wonderful and thoughtful comment today. It is lovely!

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  5. Debi you brought nature to my screen in a beautiful way. Tree bark is a favorite of mine – telling a story filled with delicious characters! Wonderful painting and shots ~

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    1. thank you Mary! I’m glad to know you’re another tree fan…. tho I’d have swore you were a Water Baby!! lol We artists do have differing moods, I know I do. Thank you again, so pleased that you really enjoyed this post 🙂

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  6. We have something in common: to find inspiration by many things and to see them. This post could have been by me, but you wrote it much more beautiful than I could. I was really touched and moved by your words because it’s so rare that you meet people that find inspiration all over around themselves and enjoy their days like you do. You must be very happy, Debi. Have a great day, cheers Mitza

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    1. I try. and days I really struggle. but I’m always Determined. To Be as happy as I possibly can be right then. or later. sometimes, i just have to be ok with saying – Later –

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      1. Great, Debi, you are very lucky. I’m sometimes really stuck in depressions like a fly in a spider-web and I’m a very pessimistic person. I’m rarely happy, don’t even dare to be, because I’m superstitious, too. As I said I’m standing in my own way and must nudge myself away, hehe

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  7. I too am especially drawn to the natural environment while walking. Tree bark is a favorite of mine. The nuances do inspire. Thank you for sharing your beautiful painted art as well as your photography.

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