by Rita Squier
Inspiration comes from a variety of sources, but most of all, I believe it must first come from within. You have to have the will, the need, the want to do anything, to do something, to be creative.
Glimpses of the world around you will create sparks that will inspire you even more. Whether it is gorgeous scenery, good deeds done by others or a button on the sidewalk, little sparks will ignite your imagination and inspire you to be creative. Open yourself up and find those little sparks.
Over the summer, I read about ACEOs - Art Cards, Editions and Originals. Little tiny pieces of artwork that are the size of trading cards. The only requirement to an ACEO is the size, which is 2.5x3.5 inches. Little pieces of art. They are created in a variety of mediums. The more I read about them, the more I was inspired to come up with a few of my own. I was in the Adirondacks, Upstate New York when I learned about ACEOs, I had my watercolor travel kit with me. Just a step outside, my inspiration was sparked. I trimmed down my watercolor paper to the proper size, took out my watercolor paints and brushes and I painted a bunch of little woodsy themed art cards. A little magazine article, the beauty outside my door has brought about a new interest for me. I love painting these little miniature works of art.
The painting shown here is the very first ACEO I painted. It is titled Adirondack Inspiration I. All of my ACEOs are little original watercolor paintings. Many of which can be found in my Etsy Shop.