Lately I’ve been looking for strong nouns and suggestive images. I recently found one amazing image in a small room at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. The exhibit in the nearly hidden room was called, “Bad to the Bone: Prints from the Grip of Death.” There were many prints showing death in cloaks, holding a large staff, as a skeleton, but then there was the etching below showing death on what I could only call a bicycle. Cupid was there too. An odd pairing!
Check it out here: http://www.artsmia.org/index.php?section_id=2&exh_id=4071&IM=3&start=1
It was a great way to get my imagination running off in many directions at once. By the way, that’s a buffalo chasing death, and his feet are made up of many human hands.
Inspiration can come from many places, but I do find that both art museums and attending concerts (classical and popular both) inevitably leave me chomping at the bit, full of ideas. The start-up phrase in an earlier challenge (“Standing in the kitchen late at night…”) came from the opening act of a John Prine concert. And if you’ve been lucky enough to hear a good orchestra do Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony (with full chorus), it’s incentive galore to try to go spinning off into the universe with your words.
We’re all looking for inspiration. Have you found any lately?