Who Inspires Me – Part 2

Out Popped the Moon - Kay Nielsen 1914I previously wrote about one of my inspiration walls, but inspiration changes and I thought I would write about who is currently inspiring me. And there’s a message from the past that has lingered in my mind since 1996, a message from my grandmother that she wrote on a calendar, encouraging me to paint happy paintings.NR 1996 grandma E Norman Rockwell is one of the best for capturing facial expressions. For years, I’ve wanted whimsy in my art, and playfulness and joy, and I was on the right track when I painted the small watercolors.

LR Sketch Play: Birds and Fairy

LR Sketch Play: Birds and Fairy

Dogs But now I want to share some of the work of four women who have made a life and work for themselves centered around their art. First is Mary Engelbreit.  She’s the queen of cute. ME2ME1And of color.  And she built an empire based on her art. I have some old issues of her magazine “Home Companion” that have re-entered my life with new interest.

Next in line:  Tasha Tudor.  She also built a name for herself and published many books and Christmas cards using her designs.  Her guiding credo was this quote by Thoreau: “If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours”.

TT villageShe lived an interesting life and her life became her art.  The animals and children in her illustrations were inspired by the animals on her farm and her own children and grandchildren.  And she was an avid gardener.

Tasha Tudor is one of my favorites when I’m looking for nostalgia and quaint, old-fashion settings.  Who couldn’t find magic in a birthday cake and candles floating down the creek to the delight of children and adults!





Next in line:  Susan Branch.  I thought I had discovered her art for the first time in 2013 until I found among my idea files a page she illustrated in 1988 from Country Living magazine.SB magazine1988   I bought her book last year called “A Fine Romance – Falling in Love with the English Countryside”.  Here’s one of the pages from her book with hand-lettering and small watercolors. SWB1 This book is a handwritten and watercolored
diary of her “two month ramble through the quaint villages and misty country backroads of England.  Ramble is such a perfect word…

Well, I would like to continue with this post (which I started 10 days ago, but I am having technical difficulties.  Wordpress has re-designed my blog work page and I need to figure out how to upload more pictures and how to add tags and where to find everything….

I am busy. There’s tons of inspiration.  But now, the hard part.   I am attempting to find MY VOICE in all the visuals and words I’ve looked at and read and admired over the years.  MY VOICE is calling to me….





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: www.lindaruddyart.com 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: www.wingsofwonder.wordpress.com Following the muse, Linda Ruddy
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3 Responses to Who Inspires Me – Part 2

  1. Lynne says:

    Nice to hear YOUR VOICE, Linda! Every time you post, I know I hear it… Enjoy the process and your spiritual adventures! Love You!

  2. JSD says:

    All the artists you mentioned are my favorites…thank you for sharing your inspirations with us. 🙂

  3. What wonderful sources of inspiration. I love how artists have their own voice, yet are open to the influence of others. 🙂

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