Everyone is always asking me, "How did you think of that/Where did that come from/What inspired you," when it comes to what I draw or how I capture photographs. Largely I just say I do it and it comes out, but I think a lot of artists can agree that inspiration is sourced from every day things. From the minuscule to the large, how we choose to perceive things influences our work. I thought it would be nice to share and document for future-Ashley (who will hopefully be the kinda gal that lounges around in fluffy slippers) what was amping up her mind during the summer of 2016.
POSCA ACRYLIC MARKERS
I love these little dudes. When I wanna quickly add a highlight or pop of color on some of my watercolors, I'll reach for a POSCA. You can dilute them a bit for painting, or just use them to draw directly onto things. I have used mine to doodle on my growler, take notes, create art pieces, and a bunch of other stuff. I've had them for about a year and a half now and they're so nice to just keep nearby when inspiration strikes. My POSCA binder is my precious paint-stained baby.
Anyone that knows me knows I love kitschy things. Even if you don't know what kitsch is, if you saw something kitschy you'd probably think, "That is so ugly, Ashley would love it." Surreal collages make me so happy. I've been experimenting with creating my own and I can't wait to share what I have been working on! Probably won't do that until mid-August, though. It's just super fun and kind of a stream of consciousness exercise for me. I will start with one vision in mind and it will just kinda keep snowballing until I have a final piece.
I straight up L O V E my neighborhood. Every time I go on a walk I feel refreshed and inspired by all of the creation that's around me. One of my favorite things about Near Southside is the graffiti and painted buildings. Probably even moreso than the awesome food and beer that's in this area (and that's saying something). It's pretty fantastic to feel like you're surrounded by artists and creativity on the regular.
AMERICAN TRADITIONAL TATTOOS
Gimee gimee gimee that counter culture art. I have always loved this style but I've recently become obsessed once it dawned on me... I can create art like this too! I have been slowly working at incorporating more trad style elements into some of my art style and I am loving the results.
STRAIGHT UP COLORS EVERYWHERE
Bright colors! Pastel colors! Contrasting colors! I love it all and am all about using colors to be loud and expressive. From my hair to my skin to my wardrobe, my aesthetic is happy bright colors <3