Inspired by…the art of visual dissection

I love when I stumble upon the unexpected. Something unexpected that provides immense joy and an a’ha moment or two. Those are good discoveries.

I had one of those moments when I stumbled upon this..

Belan Mena, book, design, Anthropologie

Designer Bélan Mena has taken the lowly moth to a new level of grandeur. She spent 5  years  photographing moths in all their glory. She then transformed all of her images into beautiful pieces of artwork. Her designs have been used to adorn every surface imaginable.

belan mena, design,

What inspired me was that the wonderful designs of nature are perfectly composed and combined in colors and forms.

Belan Mena, book, design, Anthropologie

What inspires me most about her work is her ability to see and transform. I love how she has visually dissected each fragment of the moth and presented it in a very new and  exciting  way. Her use of color is vibrant and very unsuspected.

Belan Mena, book, design, Anthropologie

Personally, I am intrigued about the possibility here. Taking a concept and  exploring it to its fullest. Observing. Taking its shape, color, texture,marks…and exploring.

There is definitely a lesson to be  learned in this type of work.One that I am very interested in practicing in my own painting and design work (to come!) I believe that every learning opportunity can be enhanced upon by just pushing the subject matter… a little further. Something I need to focus on and put into practice.

A little aside here… I can’t tell you how many poppies I painted before I actually sat down and really observed one. Who knew they had 5 petals?!

My goal ~ to spend some time taking a theme and pushing it to it’s limits. Or better said…my limits.

For more visual inspiration you must visit her website. Lots of visual eye candy !

I would love to hear if you have come across any other designers or painters who have created something similar to this. Do tell…

Always in search of more a’ha moments…..


Inspired by …the abstract.

For Illustration Friday – Stripes

If you look closely you will notice that my abstract piece is all about the intersection of horizontal and vertical lines. Do you see it?

It was either that or a poorly drawn zebra:)


As I continue plodding along through the month of November and the Creative Everyday project I have come to learn a few things…

I need to be creative everyday. It only has to be a half hour, nothing more, hopefully not less. Its my down time. Time to think and ponder…or not.
I enjoy the process of creating. More playing, less thinking. Love abstract for that reason..even though it is much harder than it looks.
I am not a finisher. I find it difficult to go back to a piece especially if it is “of” something.
I need community and challenges, mixed with a few pats on the back, to get me out of my comfort zone.
I need to discover more colors and how to mix instaed of going back to the same old.
I work best in short bursts of creativity.
I have gone from creating for etsy to creating for my blog. I am not sure when that transformation came about, but it goes without saying that I am wholeheartedly enjoying blogging about my creative journey and the community I have developed around me. I am feeling very content and satisfied with where I am at right now. Etsy can wait…

Enough about me….

How are you finding it to be creative everyday?