Part 1 – My Inspiration Walls

Whimsical WallI have a square hall area outside of some bedrooms and along one side is a bookcase I built, another wall has whimsical illustrations that I have framed.  The third wall showcases postcards and prints that inspire my women’s art.  And the fourth side has a linen closet and opening to the stairs.

My sister told me recently, that when she comes to spend the night she enjoys looking at those walls and that’s reason enough to share.  This post will focus on The Whimsy Wall: three Kay Nielsen illustrations, an N.C. Wyeth, two Paul Gauguin, Edmund Dulac, Harold Gaze, several cards by unknown artists, and a small abstract landscape by me.

Here’s the three Kay Nielsen’s from the book Old Tales from the North.

“She could not help setting the door a little ajar, just to peep in, when–pop! Out flew the moon.”

Out Popped the Moon - Kay Nielsen 1914From the same book, this comes from the story “East of the Sun and West of the Moon”:
East of Sun West of Moon

“Well, mind and hold tight by my shaggy coat, and then there’s nothing to fear,” said the Bear, so she rode a long, long way. ”

And the last Kay Nielsen:
“No sooner had he whistled than he heard a whizzing and a whirring from all quarters, and such a large flock of birds swept down that they blackened all the field in which they settled.”
Flock of Birds - Kay NielsenKeep inspiration close.  Enjoy the holiday weekend.  From me, Linda



About Wings of Wonder

Linda Ruddy is a creative with a diverse range of interests in writing and painting. She currently is revising a middle grade novel, and author and illustrating a picture story book. She is an active member of SCBWI, Society of Children Book Writers and Illustrators. Linda has a body of paintings, which form the foundation of her artistic development. This work can be viewed on her website: Her recent illustrations are an outgrowth of the style she developed in these paintings. Another passion is sculpture. Linda often uses her figures as models for her art. Linda's blog is eclectic and journeys wherever her muse guides her attention. Her blog address is: Following the muse, Linda Ruddy
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12 Responses to Part 1 – My Inspiration Walls

  1. Love the whimsy in those images! 🙂

  2. robin says:

    “…when-pop! Out flew the moon.” Such magic! I look forward to enjoying your wall again soon, sister. Thanks for sharing.

  3. marilynscottwaters says:

    Beautiful, languid stuff. Thanks, Linda! I’m inspired. ❤

  4. megtraveling says:

    They are truly inspiring Linda!

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