Strange Inspiration Processes

Today I find myself wondering about those strange inspiration processes I go through to get to where I want my piece to be. A sweet friend of mine, Michelle, and I were talking this morning about where I get my inspiration from. That is a very hard question for me to answer but I answered the best I could. “I get my inspiration from life.” To which she so appropriately replied, “Playing inspires you. – Nature.”

I agreed she is correct. Yes I am very inspired by nature, I am inspired by oddities, by children, by animals, by other artists, by simplicity, by colors.. and the list goes on and on. However in reality there is no “One” certain thing that inspires me and I find that often times my inspiration simply comes from “playing”. Letting my inner child come out and just be silly and have fun.

So with that I thought I would share with you my process thus far today.

I woke up today and decided I wanted to design another Sugar Skull Girl. So I started off with just the basic face. Nothing Fancy just a simple sketch that I could build from.


So with my basic sketch created I then scan it to my computer, this way I can make multiple copies and try various things until I am happy with my result. It helps to take some of the fear away, because I know I will still have my original also.

Then I play… and play… 


and play some more! YAHHH


I tend to draw this and that, then take a new sheet and do it again. Often I will play with adding to this base face for hours, not even realizing how much time has passed. Just letting myself have fun and not really thinking too much about it all.

Perhaps I will grab some old fashioned crayola’s and color this section, or maybe I will use simple bic pens. Stop for a coffee and a bit of dancing to the music or giggling at my pups then back to the art play.

I may cut one section out and lay it on top of another, to see how I like it or perhaps I will scribble some hair to get an idea of what she could look like. Or maybe I will cut out some hair shapes from card stock or use old frames I have and lay them on the face in various positions.

Many of the trial runs will be very scribbled and very few clean lines. ( I love my erasers!) Now keep in mind none of these are meant to be a part of my finished project, they are simply my way of letting my creative process have some fun until I find what I really like. Before you know it my typically organized studio desk will begin to look something like this…


But messy or not I know this much. At the end of the day even if I do not like the results I came up with, I had a great day and a lot of fun. Not only that but as I look back on things the majority of “techniques” I now love to use came about from one or another of my “Play Session”.

So please don’t get so caught up in your end result’s that you forget to have fun. Let your inner child come out to play, you just may be very surprised at how very creative he/she is. Just  letting your mind roam until you feel that inspirational ah hah!!!


Hugs & Love – Ranae’

6 thoughts on “Strange Inspiration Processes

  1. Love this Ranae!!! You do such an amazing job at explaining both your art process and who *you* are as an insanely awesome woman and artist! You are such an inspiration to me!!!

    “Playing”. YES! I completely agree!!! I am most free with my art when I can laugh and giggle and sing with my music. This allows me to wrinkle my nose a little when I don’t like something instead of throwing my canvass and other supplies across the room like an artistic boomerang! It helps me to keep things light and FUN! Life is serious enough to not have fun with what you do!

    And nature! Nature!! Yes!!! Check! I love the unexpected patterns and color schemes! I love found beauty in the mundane. Sometimes I come across something that inspires me and it makes my heart smile because I feel like it was put there just for me!!!!

    Love your posts! Keep them coming!!!!

    Love. Heal. Create. ❤️

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  2. Ranae, I just had to come and visit your blog after you left a comment on my blog. I just want to say that I’m very impressed with your art. Play, play, and play some more, I look forward to seeing more of your creations because I too am following you!

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    • Cal I am so pleased you did stop by. Thank you for the kind words, they mean so much to me. Isn’t it wonderful the connections, inspiration and friendships we can now make through our art and the net. 🙂


    • *giggles* Rita I do that from time to time myself, but i find when it’s flows that easily into the next step I rarely need the copy and am happy with the results. You know sometimes the art just flows perfect from start to finish! Thank you for the kind words also, and I am a huge fan of your art also!


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