Finding inspiration for your work can be as simple as a trip to a museum. Mary Harding recently wrote on her blog about a trip to see paintings by the Canadian Group of Seven. I love how Mary abstracted the trees in these paintings into her own unique design that is clearly a ‘Mary Harding’ piece.
Mark Aurele Fortin
Look at this wonderful pendant Mary made inspired by these paintings.
But how do you that? How do you translate art that inspires you into your own design?
Think about what a piece of art says to you. What emotions does it evoke? Is it the colour? The forms? In other words, what makes it personal for you? That’s a great starting point for making your own personal statement.
Mary, abstracted an individual tree from a images of a forest. Sometimes I like to use my fingers to form a little window to look at smaller pieces of an image.
Another way to approach this would be to pull out elements, like a tree, a bird, a flower, and start rearranging them in a sketch. Often times a completely unique design can spring from this.
One of the greatest things about using clay is that you have the means to work in three dimensions. Look at Mary’s trees. Clearly they have an affinity with the paintings but they aren’t literal copies of those paintings. But look at the dimension she added by sculpting a model for her pendants.
These are just my thoughts on how you might approach other artist’s work as inspiration for your own. Many of you have your own way of doing this and I’d love to hear about it!
Mary, thanks so much for sharing your photos and your inspiration with us!