A friend and former colleague recently asked me where I get my inspiration for my paintings. I gave a rather unsatisfying answer about having lots of ideas, taking photographs, blah, blah, blah. (sorry A.R.!) Here's a more in depth look at where my inspiration came from on a recently completed painting.
'Drink', 36x48in., acrylic on 1 1/2in. wrapped canvas
This image was planted in my mind while I slept!
I was even able to make a sketch of it a few days later.
For shapes and values, I referred to photographs I had taken from a bouquet of daisies my Sweetheart had previously given me.
Sketch for 'Drink'
With the image, All Who Are Thirsty, by Kutless, was running through my head.
All who are thirsty
All who are weak
Come to the fountain
Dip your heart in the stream of life
Let the pain and the sorrow
Be washed away
In the waves of His mercy
As deep cries out to deep
Come Lord Jesus, Come. Come Lord Jesus, Come.
My impression was a gentle, refreshing rain. You may see bubbles. The concept still works for me either way - Coming to the Fountain of Life, being filled and refreshed - hope restored.
Later, I found these verses in the Bible, expressing the truths behind the painting.
"Is anyone thirsty? Come and drink - even if you have no money! Come, take your choice of wine and milk - it's all free!" - Isaiah 55:1
"Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things." - Psalm 107:8
"On the last day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink, whoever believes in me, as the scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him." - John 7:37-38