winding road

 |  August 1, 2006

I always enjoy reading and seeing Melanie’s Inspire Me Thursday entries, so I decided to give this week a go. This week’s theme is inspiration in the form of music.

I find inspiration for my mixed media pieces in some of the most mundane objects- an interesting twig, a leaf, a stone. More often than not it is something in nature that moves me. But I am also inspired by the beauty of language. I keep a journal of snippets, phrases, words that make my breath catch in my throat. Phrases that are so powerful I feel punched in the gut. These I glean from books I read, novels usually. I also pull from my own poetry that I’ve written throughout the years.

Music has always been so important to me throughout my life. And now, when I paint I listen to music and it helps me to loosen up. I’ve never, though, turned to music for inspiration. So this was a new experience.

Here is my creation:

winding road, mixed media, 6×8 inches

The words read:
…And it’s a winding road
I’ve been walking for a long time

I’ve been listening to the soundtrack of the movie, Garden State, off and on for a while now. There are so many songs on that soundtrack that I really love. But it was the last song of the cd that I drew upon this week. The song is called “Winding Road” by Bonnie Summerville.

Here is a little more of the song:
And it’s a winding road
I’ve been walking for a long time
I still don’t know
Where it goes
And it’s a long way home
I’ve been searching for a long time
I still have hope
I’m gonna find my way home

Bound journal is now available at


Thanks for the inspiration!


  1. by Nicole on August 1, 2006  10:52 pm Reply


  2. by Frivolitea on August 1, 2006  11:10 pm Reply

    That is a lovely image.

  3. by ~Gina on August 2, 2006  9:52 am Reply

    This is beautiful!

  4. by Kala on August 2, 2006  5:04 pm Reply

    you really want to go down that road, it's a beautiful piece!

  5. by bridgette on August 2, 2006  5:24 pm Reply

    Thanks you all for stopping in and commenting! This group is fun. I hope to participate more.

  6. by pangolin on August 2, 2006  7:33 pm Reply

    this made me gasp. i love it.

  7. by Hanna on August 3, 2006  4:39 am Reply

    your artwork is magic!

  8. by Trish on August 3, 2006  9:59 am Reply

    It's beautiful. I have not kept up the past several weeks, and I miss seeing everyone's inspiration.

  9. by melba on August 3, 2006  6:47 pm Reply

    I love everything about this!

  10. by Anonymous on August 4, 2006  10:58 am Reply

    I love this one! Can you say something about your technique?

  11. by bridgette on August 8, 2006  8:40 pm Reply

    Thanks again to everyone who left a comment for me.

    Anonymous asked me to say something about my technique. Basically I always use my own photographs in my work. Sometimes I'll use the photo as is. Othertimes I'll creat a transfer, as I did in this one, or do a photocopy to age it, or print it out on a transparency. Then I use acrylic paints to integrate the photo transfer with whatever background I have created. In this one I used a map as a background. But I painted it over quite a bit that no one else but myself knows that it's there! The 2 fern fronds are actual dried and pressed ferns.

    Thanks for asking!

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