Calliope Writing


Art That Inspires and Makes Your Heart Sing

Inspiration is a funny thing. As a writer, I find inspiration in music, my surroundings, other books, people, outer space…and in art.

Following are just a few examples of art that I find terribly inspiring.

Twisted and SedonaTaylor Hollingsworth

Full disclosure: I know Taylor Hollingsworth personally. But that doesn’t keep me from getting inspired by her huge, emotion-inducing paintings.

Two of my favorites are Twisted – which strikes a chord with me due to my history of depression and anxiety – and Sedona – which I flipped over because of my recent obsession with the Southwest. I want to step into Taylor’s Sedona.

Ashley James Photography

Again, full disclosure: Ashley is one of my favorite people. But she also happens to be a damn fine photographer. Following are just a couple of my favorites of hers.

Pan II, Cy Twombly

Pan II

I’m a bit obsessed with the blog Bibliokept. And for good reason: there are always amazing pieces of art on display, including literature and song. Bibliokept is the reason I came across Cy Twombly’s Pan II.

I don’t love all of Cy Twombly‘s stuff, but Pan II…it grabs my heart for some reason. It makes me go to a place of anger and passion. It makes me feel. (Isn’t that what we writers strive to do? Make those who read or view our work feel something?)

Graham A. Stephen

I found Graham Stephen’s blog through another blog, and I’m so glad I did. I’ve become enamored with many of Graham’s photographs. Following are just a few.

Christina’s World, Andrew Wyeth

On a trip to NYC in junior high, I first saw Christina’s World in the Museum of Modern Art. I wanted to be Christina, lying in a field, away from reality and consumed with her own version of the world. These feelings still arise when I look at the painting.

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Christina’s World, Andrew Wyeth

Splash of Colour,” IneseMj Photography

This is another photographer I found through a blog I follow, and I have so enjoyed sneaking a peek at her photos. A recent post titled “Splash of Colour” had a couple of images I couldn’t take my eyes off of.

Blue Nude, Pablo Picasso

I lack the skill to articulate how I feel when I look at this painting. Hopefully it will speak for itself.

blue-nude picasso

Blue Nude, Pablo Picasso – Courtesy of www.PabloPicasso.org

This shit hits me right in the effing feels.

What about you? What artists or pieces of work stir your emotions?


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Thank you for the mention! Beautiful art here.

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Comment by inesephoto

You’re so welcome! Thank you for allowing me to share.

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Comment by Katrina

My pleasure!

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Comment by inesephoto

Awesome! Wonder if you know any good horse paintings? I’m always on the lookout for those. 😉

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Comment by Sarah

Afraid I don’t, but Ashley James Photography does some horse photography that you might be interested in checking out…

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Comment by Katrina

Thanks, Katrina. I’m sure Charleston is a great place for skilled and graceful riders to be photographed.

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Comment by Sarah

Thanks for the kudos, Katrina! Sarah I also sell some of my photos of horses on canvas, metal, and other interesting surfaces that lend it to appear as more of a painting. Feel free to contact me if you are interested in seeing some options at ashleyjamescharleston@gmail.com

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Comment by Ashley Smith

You’re welcome! Thank you for allowing me to share.

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Comment by Katrina

These are gorgeous! I find that writing is such a visual medium that I agree that paintings and photography are kindred sources of inspiration. There are so many. I nominate Monet’s water lilies and van Gogh’s starry night and Picasso’s Guernica

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Comment by David B. Seaburn

Yes! All three that you mentioned are amazing works.

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Comment by Katrina

Many thanks for the inclusion, Katrina. I find Twisted to be a rather intriguing work.

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Comment by Graham Stephen

You’re welcome! Thank you for allowing me to include some of your work. Yes–Twisted sucks me in, too.

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Comment by Katrina

Thanks for the micro-art gallery.

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Comment by Karina Pinella

You’re welcome! It was way too much fun to put together. I may be doing this type of post more often.

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Comment by Katrina

Sounds like a great idea.

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