Nature has always been my number one source of creative inspiration. The diversity abundant in the flora, fauna and landscapes that surround us have been inspiring artists, craftspeople and designers, around the world, for centuries.
In this late Earth Day post (you may have noticed TypePad was down for a few days last week), I wanted to share some photographs I’ve taken – most of them recent, thanks to my new enjoyment of Instagram, and a couple from the archives.
Patterns in nature
The leaves above were found in my Aunt and Uncle’s garden in Wundanyi, a beautiful town in the Taita Hills. I love stripes in general so these leaves caught my eye. The photo was taken on my phone and I had some fun with VSCOcam to play with colour (the leaves are actually a dull greyish green) and really bring out the pattern.
There are purists who frown on photo manipulation but, I find it quite cathartic and it’s my new thing to do on my commute to and from the office. Great for creative release!
It’s always interesting to me to see how artists, designers and makers use their creative license in their interpretations of nature. This provides me with some true moments of delight! Above are some nature-inspired patterned gates that I found on a recent walk not too far from my neighbourhood.
Colours in nature
One of the most joyful things of all! I really miss the vibrant colours that surround us in the tropics. Every time I travel home to Kenya, the sight of all the colours is one of the first things that gives me that ‘exhale, I’m home’ feeling. But when I open my mind eyes, I realise that there are so many beautiful colours in nature here in the UK too (smile)! Below are some photos I’ve taken, here in London, this Spring.
How does nature inspire you?
Want some more nature-inspired visual delights? Check out these boards on my Pinterest page:
- Black People and Nature: Missing Out and Connecting
- Art Propelled: An Interview with Artist Robyn Gordon – Robyn’s beautiful, interesting work is largely inspired by the touch and feel of nature.
- Rituals of Kindness: Bringing Mindfulness and Joy to Everyday Tasks – believe it or not, Instagram is making me pause, observe and appreciate my surroundings more, as I’m going from A to B. It’s also giving me more reason to plan excursions that involve being in nature!
Check out my many Africa-related Pinterest boards covering the arts, design, music and more.
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