So often I find myself inspired by the world around me. Not just nature, like sunsets and flowers, but the beautiful man-made creations like architecture, painted doors, and stunning gardens. But as a mom and business owner I don’t have a ton of time to travel so I do the next best thing: hop on social media and look at other people’s travel photos! We are so lucky to live in a time where all it takes to see the other side of the world is a few swipes of your finger. With that in mind, I’ve put together a list of my favorite places to find great photos to inspire my paintings.
Over on Pinterest I have a ton of boards dedicated to inspiring photos and at least a dozen boards dedicated to travel photos. Here are my favorites!
This board is a catchall for any travel-related photos that inspire me, whether they’re poolside snapshots or massive landscapes. I especially like photos that make me feel like I’m there!
What can I say? I will never get sick of old doors!
Nature is always inspiring to me, especially the water. I love the look of a pier in the early morning light or the warm glow of a sunset. I JUST finished a new piece inspired by this board!
Morocco’s art and architecture is incredibly beautiful: the colors, the textures, the patterns, the shapes, OH MY!
This list wouldn’t be complete without some wildflowers! I like to imagine myself in the photo, walking through the tall grasses and watching the sunlight filter through the petals. In fact, I love wildflowers so much that I took TONS of photos of them when I was in France last year!
I also love following travel photographers on Instagram! One of the nice things about people who curate their instagram feeds is that I always know who to go to for specific types of photos. Here are a few of my favorite accounts and what I love about them.
Gorgeous landscapes and landmarks from all over the world! Her photos have such warm, rich colors that really inspire my color recipes.
Her stunning architecture photography is a great source of inspiration for painting larger pieces.
His hyper-saturated photos are full of color and texture that make them incredibly intriguing. He manages to find the most interesting color combinations!
This account is a collection of magnificent front doors. I love a good front door and I have a theory that if something looks good on a front door then it will look just as good inside the house! So far it’s working 😉
I also follow the #PatinaPerfection and #DoorsofInstagram hashtags on instagram for more unexpected photos!
On Facebook there are a ton of groups dedicated to sharing photos of their little part of the world! “The View From My Window” is especially inspirational and surprisingly enlightening.
Wherever you are, I hope you’re finding a little inspiration from the world around you!