I like taking photos, I like looking at what nature has created, what man has created, seeing shapes, decay, texture and colour. Not only do my photos record the events in my life, but inspiration for my art.
This was taken on the Quay in Peel on the Isle of Man in August 2014. Bars and bars of rusty oxidised iron weathered by the air and salt. It has had some filters added to give the Bokeh (spots of light) effect and to sharpen the tone. My favourite filters site is Pixlr but there are many others out there.
This photo inspires me to think about how I might replicate the colour and texture using paint and mediums. Which oranges and reds and browns? The pale yellow, possible hints of greens and how to get the grainy feel and look using gel mediums, texture paste, embossing powders?
In itself it is a beautiful photograph and could be used on its on as a focal point in a composition. But it also conjures up heart-warming, secret little smiles on my face, nostalgic memories of our walk along the Quay at Peel, heading towards the castle, listening to the gulls and the sea.
Seeing, hearing, touching, feeling.
What inspires you?