That Which Inspires Me

Wolf Girl by Kiki Smith

There’s just something about this sketch by artist, Kiki Smith that sends my imagination into orbit.  The first time I saw it was on an episode of Gilmore Girls from Season 7 entitled, “Knit, People, Knit”.  From that moment on, I have been fascinated with this print.

Some find “Wolf Girl” awful or strange while I find it beautiful, mysterious and interesting.  I look at it and immediately, a story comes to mind.  I wonder where she came from and how she lived.  I gaze into her eyes and see a pure soul, a child with a story to tell, if only someone would listen.

I would love to own a print of this sketch – even if it was just a postcard.  I have yet to find a place where I can purchase something like that. I do know one thing, inspiration does come from everywhere – sometimes the strangest of places.  The point is to honor it, allow it to claim your imagination and your creative soul.

Thank you Kiki Smith for indirectly providing me with a truly wonderful source of inspiration in this delightful sketch.  I encourage you to check out Ms. Smith’s other work as well.  Maybe you’ll find some inspiration of your own!

0 Replies to “That Which Inspires Me”

  1. I like it!

    It amazes me how different each writer’s inspiration is. For me I need to focus on one object (often just imaginary) – be that a painting (see my Gustav Klimt inspired piece on my blog), a shoe, a towel etc. And then work outwards from that point.

    I find concentrating on small details initially really forces me to focus and then it just comes from there!

    I’ll be interested to see what other people say re their inspiration…

    Kelly

  2. I get inspired by nearly everything… little story in the news, a few random bars of music, dreams I have, people I meet, pieces of art I come across. For me, it can be anything. I’ve had short stories inspired by particular songs, particular paintings, (and I think in only one case is it actually obvious what inspired me).

  3. It’s true that inspiration is all around us. I loved reading what inspired Stephen King and where he would get some of his story ideas too. The mind is such a wonderful thing.

  4. I’m with Shade, absolutely anything and everything is a potential source of inspiration. Writers are like magpies and will use anything to build up our nest of words.

    For me it’s always about the images, whether I see it in the flesh, on film read it in someone else’s words or lyrics, everything spins off from my own take on that. Sometimes a word itself may inspire, particularly if its meaning has changed from what it was originally and the story behind that. The word ‘cleave’ for example has 2 opposite meanings, you can cleave something together or you can cleave it apart. That can send my brain spinning off into all sorts of lines of inquiry…

    Great post.

    marc nash

  5. Words – don’t even get me started! I can lose myself in the dictionary just playing word tag and be gone for hours!

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