!nsp!re – Photographer Bertil Nilsson’s Stunning Imagery

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British photographer Bertil Nilson was featured in this article from Huffpost Arts & Culture a while back. Bertil says that he takes his inspiration “from movement and the human form”. Collaborating extensively with dancers and circus artists in natural settings using only white and red pigments, he has created this series of surreal, wondrous images.

What speaks to me in these images is the athletic quality of the dancers; contorted in these unbelievable poses but captured as if they’re floating; their natural forms fitting into, and yet juxtaposed to, the natural form of their surroundings. The use of powdered pigment lends them an ephemeral quality that brings them out against the landscape. Captivating work.

Bertil’s site features both images and video of this beautiful series.

 

Neil Gaiman: Where Ideas Come From

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Today’s share is from Maria Popova at Brain Pickings. In it, she highlights some of the things Neil Gaiman has to say about where good ideas come from, and the types of things that inspire him.

He believes, like may of his creative brethren, that creativity is “combinatorial”. I have to say I agree as well:  The idea that in order for us to create, we have to be able to connect the seemingly-disconnected and cross-pollinate ideas from a huge variety of sources and inspiration; then combine/meld/fuse all of this input and craft it into something new. Makes perfect sense to me.

Watch the video here.

cre8tive kitchen – Basil Chicken Stir Fry

BASIL CHICKEN STIR FRY

Basil Chicken Stir Fry
Basil Chicken Stir Fry

This is a great, fast dinner for two.

INGREDIENTS:

2 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts

1 Cup Fresh Basil Leaves

2/3 Cup Low-Sodium Chicken Broth

1 TBSP Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

1 TBSP Minced Ginger (Fresh or Bottled)

1 TBSP Soy Sauce

2 TSP Cornstarch

1/4 TSP Hot Chile Flakes

HOW TO:

Cut chicken into 1/8″ strips.

Heat a 12″ frying pan on high. Add oil, garlic, ginger, chile flakes. Stir a couple times around the pan. Add the chicken. Stir often until the chicken is no longer pink.

As the chicken is cooking, mix the broth, soy sauce, and cornstarch in a small bowl. Add to pan and stir for 2 minutes.

Add basil leaves briefly and stir, until they just begin to wilt.

Serve on a bed of white rice.

Bon appetit!

!nsp!re – 19 Daily Habits To Unlock Your Creativity

Today’s share comes from Katherine Brooks at Huffington Post. It’s a list of brief reminders/habits/thoughts from fellow artists than can help with getting out of a creative rut. Here are a few of my favorites:

#10: When in doubt, ask for help.

I’m absolute crap at asking for help, so this one is good for me.

#11: Find inspiration in mundane places.

This one fits perfectly into one of my core beliefs – inspiration is everywhere. We have to work hard sometimes at seeing it, but it’s always there.

#14: Let yourself be impulsive.

This one can be tough. Between deadlines and other obligations, we often feel we can’t just go off and see/do/experience. But every now and again, it’s creatively rewarding to break away from the routine.

I hope you find some new favorites on the full list.