I grew up in a small house at the end of a long dirt road. I spent my summer days imagining great adventures while running through the forrest, and my nights dancing with fireflies as the soft grass nestled between my toes. I was never a girly girl. I wanted to be outside... I craved being in and among the nature that surrounded me. There was something about it that was very freeing. Even today, I feel most inspired when I am outside, especially at night. I love to sit on my back porch and stare up at the moon and stars. I think that's probably why most of my images are set at night.
I really struggled this week creatively because I wasn't sure what my story was yet and nothing seemed to come together. Honestly, I was just burnt out and needed a break, so I took the time to blow off steam and just have fun. I got to spend some time with friends that I haven't seen in a long time and had an amazing weekend just being me. My husband's band played at the Windjammer and it was by far the best show I have ever seen them do. I have never had that much fun and they played to a packed house. It was incredible.
When I woke up yesterday, I found myself starring at the same image that I started working on a week ago, and still had no idea what my story was. Then I remembered the conversation I had with a friend the other day. She wanted to know where my inspiration comes from and I realized then that I'm most creative when I'm feeling sad. From that, sometimes results in sad images, but more often they tend to be inspirational in an effort to lift my own spirits. She asked me, what an image would look like if I created it when I was happy, and I thought back on those summer nights as I danced among the fireflies, arms stretched out, spinning round and round.
I think it's good to push yourself out of your own comfort zone and I wanted to experiment with some new techniques, so I decided to step outside of my box and create something totally different than what I usually would. This is the end result of that experiment and the inspiration that came from that conversation. Thank you to everyone who is in my life....you all inspire me everyday, even when you don't realize it.