// PT. 2: Lake Rabun in the North GA. Mountains //

Thanks to @localtoyotadealers, I started what I hope to be the first of many painting getaways in 2017. Check out my last post to read about what I like to pack on my painting trips. This post is all about gathering inspiration while traveling and how to translate it to your paintings! 

Whether I'm walking around the neighborhood or traveling abroad, I am always on the lookout for  inspiration in it's many forms. It is amazing, once you start refining your eye to seek out palettes, shapes, and compositions, you can't help but spot them everywhere! I like to carry a camera (or iPhone) to capture these moments. 




If you need some extra help refining your eye I suggest flipping through catalogues and skimming Pinterest. Make a board of images that stick out to you and take note if there are any patterns or trends of what you are currently drawn to. With a little practice, you can do this with your own inspiration pictures too!  See my collections from our adventure weekend at Lake Rabun below: Natural Forms, Vintage Rugs, and Palette & Composition. I was especially inspired by all of the GREEN! My most favorite color :)

Once I get back to my studio, I like to pull up my inspiration images and use them as references for my warm ups and sketches. I sort of train my hand and eye with the warm ups via repetition so that when I go to make a new series I have all my collected inspiration in my mind and ready to go. 

Try it out for yourself! 


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