Everyday on my walk to the subway I take a snapshot of a flower. It could be from my garden or that of a neighbor or a flowering weed by the wall of the Auto Body Shop on the corner. Sometimes there are other photo inspirations, trees, clouds, street lamps, but mostly I stick with flowers. I then fiddle with different filters and whatnot during my ride into work. They end up as a Good Morning Facebook post. This has become sort of a hobby of mine and can be addictive. I have missed the train a few times as an image stops me in my tracks and I try to capture the best shot. I have also started posting to Instagram and #floweroftheday was all it took to see I am not alone in this addiction.
Recently I was on vacation in Provincetown MA. I was biking down Commercial Street in the East End when a reddish orange flash of color almost made me brake hard enough that I would have been sent flying over the handlebars. I quick glance to my right and I see a little dinghy or skiff bobbing in the water just off shore. Radiant in the setting sun. Now I’m on vacation and probably unconsciously trying to fight my photo addiction who knows. Plus, and more importantly, we had tix to a Drag Talent Show and you really want to sit up front for these things. Trust me. So I make a mental note of the place and bike on.
Now there are tons of galleries in Ptown. It is always fun to look and sometimes you come across a find within your budget. I began to see this little red dinghy in different variations all over town. I was taken by the fact that so many artists were inspired to create their version of this little reddish orange boat. Were they, like me, momentarily struck by a flash of inspiration out of the corner of their eye? Did they see it from a restaurant window, a walk on the beach at sunset or possibly maybe a friends apartment? A Lucky friend who actually lives on the beach in Ptown.
I did not take any shots of the paintings and pics I saw in galleries but a Google search came up with this.
This is one I bought. It is a transfer to a tile. I collect tile art for some reason.
The above came a few different versions. One of course in reddish orange. My bathroom is black, white and purple. Tiles are great art work for bathrooms and this is perfect! I appear to watch Way too much HGTV. Cause that fun fact came tumbling out like an expert opinion. Don’t be afraid to go for bold throw pillows for that pop of color. Yes dark colors can make a room actually feel bigger, till about a year from now when I will tell you the exact opposite. (Cut to Benjamin Moore commercial.)
It all got me thinking that from a walk to work to sightseeing on a vacation there are many instances when inspiration urges us to create. Or at least capture the moment. Certainly there are subjects that inspire masses of people. They majestically stand there and seem to say go ahead snap or paint your picture just like the millions before you. The Grand Canyon, The Eiffle Tower, any sunrise and any sunset. Some are masterpieces others end up in photo albums or more likely Facebook or Instagram or Pintrest……All are reflections of a moments inspiration.
Other times inspiration can come in a flash of color from the corner of your eye and stop you in your tracks. I suppose like the little reddish orange dinghy. This somehow makes it seem more intimate more personal. It drives you to create quite possibly because it is asking you a very simple question.
What did YOU see?
3 thoughts on “A Flash of Color ”
I can think of much worse things to be addicted to than taking pics of flowers! Love the red boat. It makes me wanna grab a paddle.
Thanks Mark. Yes, I’ll take flowers pics over past addictions anytime! Glad to see the little red boat can still be inspiring . Grab a paddle and go!!!
I love the pics and love the part about the importance of sitting up front at a Drag Talent Show. If we become better friends, I will one day share with you why i loved and laughed hard at this part of your blog post. Good memories and thanks for bringing back to my mind an old friend 🙂