Whenever I think back to the items or ideas that catch my eye and tempt me down the road of inspiration they all have a single quality in common. This quality enlivens in me a desire to have the thing or to give the thing or to create the thing. For me, that quality of inspiration is difference.
Difference is what makes me prefer Petit Syrah over Pinot Noir– (insert something intelligent about how the grapes are different).
Difference is why I love the color red over the color grey– for me red is shocking and shaping. You circle in red to signify difference and to make that difference noticed.
Difference is why Ellen von Unworth’s photographs make me uncomfortable, yet eager to shoot something so excitable.
Difference is what made me cut off my pony tail my junior year of college after having waist-length hair since 3rd grade– I needed to be seen physically different.
Difference is what makes me love to photograph women - we are all so incredibly different.
Since I have this pattern of seeking difference, not wishing to blend in and always wishing to be loudly noticeable, it is no wonder that recently I have been seeking that out within my work and the art that I create for my clients.
I first ‘met’ Carrie in the same way we meet so many people these days– online! She is an imaginative artist. When I see her work it makes me uncomfortable because I don’t really understand it. It is different. Her watercolor pieces aren’t the watercolors that I am ‘used’ to… in that they aren’t of the ocean and that they use pen.
When I found out that she painted the female figure, an idea started brewing in my head. When I saw her paint a female figure the idea grew. When I heard her passion for painting and creating I knew that the idea was an urge toward difference.
Last week I commissioned Carrie to paint two pieces for me. I gave her the reference photos from a recent boudoir session so that I could see how she worked around them. I am so proud to say that my idea was taken, fertilized, and grown into something absolutely amazing.