Sunday, October 24, 2010

spirit of inspiration is everywhere.


I draw my inspiration from a lot of things. Like music, fellow flickr peeps, my dogs, but most of all nature.
Inspiration seems to surround me everywhere.

There are deep valleys to go through every once in a while in my creative cycle.  But they don't last long anymore. I am always crushed when I begin to enter a valley.  It seems like I can not create images that please me and satisfy me. I know that I am my biggest critic, that's probably the truth for most of creative people.

And yes, sometimes I want to abandon that dang camera for awhile. But never mind... we all go this route, always. And thanks to all of you out there, I always make it up again on top of the hill. I just love it when that happens.

I chose the picture below by aia*c because it just resembles my love of a gorgeous morning.

Today, I am giving away one "speak the truth. colorful print" by Rachel Awes. They make me smile so big. I hope you like them too. Leave me a comment, follow the blog, and visit the two prior "Inspired" posts and muse pages for more giveaway entries.

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Ich fühle mich inspiriert von sehr vielen Dingen. Wie Musik, flickr Freunde, meine Hunde, aber am meisten von der Natur und ihren Wundern. Inspiration scheint mich überall zu umgeben.
Im Verlauf einer kreativen Phasen gibt es immer Höhen und Tiefen.
Für mich dauern diesen Tiefen nicht mehr zu lange, da ich genau weiß wo ich meine Inspiration wieder finde.
Ich bin immer etwas traurig, wenn ich anfange in ein Tief zu kommen. Es bedeutet für mich unzufrieden mit meiner Arbeit, meinen Bildern zu sein. Ich weiß aber auch, dass ich meine größte Kritik bin und nach einer gewissen Zeit mag ich meine Bilder auch wieder.
Wir haben alle diese Phasen und ich möchte dich wissen lassen, dass es auch mir mal so geht. Ja, auch ich fühle mich mal uninspiriert und möchte am liebsten meine Kamera für eine Weile in der Ecke liegen lassen.
Aber wenn ich anfange wieder den Hügel zu besteigen fühlt es sich einfach toll an.
Danke, dass auch du hier eine Inspiration für mich bist.
Ich habe das Bild von aia*c ausgewählt, weil es mich einfach lächeln lässt.

See you in 9 days!
Love, Suki 

october road ~ my obsession by aia*c
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TODAY'S GIVEAWAY - A COLORFUL PRINT
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We are having nine days of giveaways and special guests. We will be drawing the winners from the comments left during the entire 9 Days Of Inspiration from all three pages and announcing them in a special *muse flash* on October 31. Make sure to visit the Everyday Beauty and More Musing pages and comment each day for more chances to win.

47 comments:

chasity said...

what a beautiful post....
so glad to know that we aren't alone
in our ups and downs.

and i love that saying~
difficult but important.

Haley said...

Speak truth and seek truth!

Chelsea said...

Nature is also a main inspiration for my photos. Those valleys are tough, but I always feel so proud of myself when I shoot anyway...and keep myself on a roll...whether a good one or bad.

And Miles To Go... said...

great post. Those ebb and flows of creativity can be very frustrating for me. Sometimes I just tell myself that it's my minds way of telling me that my brain needs a rest to regroup.

Tammy Lee Bradley said...

Yes, this post speaks to me. I sometimes feel like I lose my creative "mojo" but muse Mosey says that I just lose my "sillies." My sense of humor definitely feeds my creative spirit!

Aia, my friend... congrats on the feature. That photo is breathtaking!!!

alison said...

Such a lovely post. Aia - may I run away to this spot and just stay there for a while? You've capture this so so very well.

The Kenney Family said...

So beautiful I would love a print

maureen said...

Excellent post, suki, and please don't ever 'abandon that dang camera' Your photography always inspires me. When I am struggling to find my creativity behind the lens, I take a walk in my favorite park, and remind myself to look for the light, and try to capture it the way suki does. Thank you for always inspiring me to see differently.
♥mo

justine said...

what a wonderful post, perfect.

blue elephant photography said...

i love your words suki, i can relate! i feel the same way sometimes but inspiration will always come back. love the photos

Oliag said...

Other than my family, nature is my main muse as well. I find that sites like this and Picture Fall, and Shutter Sisters, and an occaisional class help me continue picking up the camera daily...then again sometimes I just need a rest.

Love the film shot by aia*c...gotta get out my Pentax again!

Simply Stated ~ Rebecca said...

Gorgeous morning indeed ~ aia*c's image is fabulous...the colors, the light, the subject...fabulous!
Also loving the speak the truth print...speaks volumes for me :-)

aclamp said...

oh wow thank you suki for the feature :) and thank you for all the love ladies!

your post spoke to me, as i often get stuck in a creative rut. it happens to all of us, whether we are a painter, writer or a musician. but the most important part is that we keep looking for inspiration and the love will always be there.

suki, my friend, don't ever lose that love. you are a great inspiration to all of us out here.

Lori said...

This is lovely. The photography is breathtaking and words inspirational.

Kari Desi said...

Beautiful photos and truly inspiring, honest perspective of the valleys we all go through. Goes so perfectly with your giveaway by Rachel Awes.

Jan said...

Oh geez, what a fabulous shot. That light! The fab leading lines of the road and trees. Perfect!
and I always love Suki's shots. Goes without sayin' :)

mosey said...

Hills and valleys - yes. This is a concept so familiar to me and you describe it so well. Beautiful photos and Aia's reminds me of a dream I barely remember having...

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

We all lose are creative mojo every now and then. I see you had it for that beautiful photo above. I love the photo by aia also. Glorious golden light

mamatronic said...

I think it's wonderful that you have made such a place for creativity in your life, that you'd notice the valleys of your creative cycle. So many people have no outlet, maybe don't even consider it but instead stay bottled up.

And yeah, I enjoy your photostream too!

Jamie said...

Wonderful post! I've feel like I've been in the valley for weeks now, but slowly feel myself coming out!

Christine said...

Lovely post ans that road picture is just amazing! I love that light!

Debby said...

Nature is so inspiring. So are your photos. I have a wimpy camera and couldn't seem to capture the beauty that is surrounding me in the autumn here. But when I posted those pictures others saw it.
Love the print and I would give it a great home.
I follow you, of course.

angelandspot said...

What beautiful photos. I find inspiration in some many different things as well.

Not So Average Mama said...

Beautiful Photos!!

Deirdre said...

Wonderful post. I'm so glad you picked Aia's photo as well -- it's one of my favorites.

dbalyoz said...

oh I adore this little print. so colorful and so inspirational! Your autumnal images are gorgeous too...

Deb said...

I feel the same way. Some days I'm inspired, some days I need to look for it, and some days I've lost it. Beautiful Photos.
~Lavender Twine.

urban muser said...

well put. it helps to know that we are all in the same boat...some days searching for inspiration...

Ruthiedee said...

Beautiful picture--inspirational and light-filled. As others have said, I was relieved to see those "less inspired" times are universal. And they pass.

Monica de Moss said...

Lovely images!
I know what you mean when you say that your inspiration ebbs and flows - when that begins to happen to me, I try not to fight it. I figure it is an opportunity to stop and reflect on the direction of my photography. I usually end up trying something completely different with my camera and lens and lighting. Sometimes it works and I incorporate it, sometimes it doesn't. But in either case, I usually find my "muse" again.

journeyswithasimplegirl said...

Mother nature is my muse,too!
I love these two images...they are both so full of grace.

April said...

I loose my creative energy too sometimes but taking out my camera and searching for new things usually helps.

Denise said...

nothing more beautiful than gorgeous shots of mother nature.......they are both so beautiful!

Emma said...

Ah, beautiful photos (and print)! I love trees...

Andrea said...

Such beautiful light!!!

Julie A. Brown said...

October Road, an epic image and an epic concept. Love it.....

Holly { Soupatraveler } said...

i hit those valleys too...its funny though, usually walking around shooting when i'm in a "life" funk helps the most. loved your choice for inspiration too!

Meghan said...

Love this print!!

Heather aka Htekmo said...

This is lovely. Beautiful and inspiring.

Jennifer said...

Ah ... October Road is a dream.

Amy P. said...

I love all the colors.. So refreshing... :0)

Rosie Fluegel said...

Lovely! I especially love the long road disappearing into the sun. Beautiful.

Kirstin Mckee said...

So true, Suki! Creative valleys are a part of the inspiration.
Gorgeous post. Gorgeous pics.

Lianne said...

I love both the words and the photos of this post. The outdoors regularly inspires me...these pictures do that for me.

lany-me said...

So true.... Would love to have this print.

Crafty Girl said...

me like! would love the print. thought i already commented on this- but guess i didn't so here it is-- me like!LOL

DnSmum said...

So nice...love that october road, filled with warmth, hope, and promise...

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