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You Have Inspired Me!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

I want to thank all of my bloggy friends.  You inspire me every single day to dream, create, give, love, and laugh.  

Now you are even inspiring me in my art.

Here are the next three images I am planning on painting.  Each image is from a blog I follow:


From Red Rose Alley's gorgeous post on clouds
I recently attended a painting workshop, and the focus was on clouds.  I want to practice what I learned!


I love the composition and contrast in this image.  


I think the bulb turned vase with napkin ring as stand is brilliant!  I think this would make a quirky and fun painting.

I am finishing two still life paintings this week, and I cannot wait to begin painting one of these images.  Now I have to decide which one to start painting first.  What do you think about these subjects?  Would you like one of these subjects hanging on your wall?  Please give me feedback because I am trying to figure out what people prefer.

What's inspiring you today?

Linking to:

Thursday Favorite Things

Until next time...

Ricki Jill


  1. They are all three so different and unique and I think they will all make beautiful objects for a painting. I think I would vote for the clouds first. You know me, I'm always taking sky and nature shots because I love the outdoors! And, you can see so many things in the clouds, they can be anything you want them to be. Good luck, can't wait to see all three of your paintings

  2. i think these are all gorgeous photos to paint. i love the second one the bestest. :) i love flowers though! Have fun painting!!

  3. Although Mathew Mead's roses are classic, I would very much enjoy seeing the last image of the light bulb vase on my wall.

  4. beautiful inspiration, I'm curious how they did the light bulb into vase trick.

  5. These are beautiful inspirations. What inspires me? So many things, a lot of things I find on wonderful blogs like yours.Thank you for linking it to the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop linky party xo

  6. The last one is brilliant and will make a great still life, which I hope you will share with us when completed.

  7. I actually called by to link up with the book linky party for February and cannot find one, although the button sent me to you this month, is it discontinued?

  8. How can you go wrong with anything with flowers. Is that a bulb used as a vase? How clever is that.

  9. They are all beautiful, but I am definitely a floral girl. That lightbulb vase is so clever.

  10. I adore the light bulb. Please share all your paintings with us.

  11. These are all beautiful selections. I especially like the flowers.

  12. It's hard to choose among the three :) but If I would narrow down my choices, I think picture 3 is the best. I love the combination of elegance in the picture.

    By the way, you too inspire me to blog. I actually look up to you and your blog. I admire you as a blogger and mother. If I would describe a perfect mom, that would be you. If I will become a wife and mother, I wanted to be like you. Thanks for sharing your beautiful life too.

  13. I just wanted to say things for visiting me... and leaving a comment. I had never heard that song... but Kyla had and sang with it. (o:

  14. I love them all, but think ip would like to see your version of #3 first!

    I was a little surprised to not see the martinis or snickerdoodles from m blog at first, but I guess I really do find these three far more inspiring for art ! ;)

  15. typos are not inspiring at all, and the iPad has gone wonky and won't let me go back to fix them!

  16. I love the clouds, they always inspire me (thoughts only since I am not an artist). Can't wait to see where you go with this:)
    I am loving this Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop Linky Parky!! I am now following you and would love a follow back. Please hop over and check out my blog

    My Turn (for us)

    Thanks, I enjoyed the visit!

  17. Ooh, can't wait to see your paintings!

  18. I LOVE the flower in the light bulb vase...that is so unique! I can't wait to see what you do! :)


    1. Looking forward to seeing your paintings, Ricki Jill. Love that light bulb turned vase - what an interesting idea!

      Hope you're having a great week!

  19. I love the flowers especially the light bulb turned vase where you can see the bubbles in the water!

  20. They are all such beautiful images! The light bulb vase is so different, I would love to see a painting of that.

  21. My favorite is the bulb one. I tell everyone in my next life I want to be able to paint and sing!! What a great talent to have


  22. I love the light bulb, too. It is so fun and unique.

  23. Hi, Ricki

    I love the love bulb idea! Super cute and different. Lovely flowers too.


  24. Ricki Jill,

    I am excited to hear how your painting of my mom (Sheri's) photo turns out! Maybe you can post it when you are finished. I also thought it was so interesting that your in-laws live in the Garden District in New Orleans. You are a lucky woman :-) We wanted to visit the Garden District, but we ran out of time. I heard it is beautiful. Have a lovely weekend!
    ~Jess from Red Rose Alley

  25. Wow! What a challenge! I can't wait to see them! :)



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