Hello! It has been so long, sorry I'm just now dusting off the neglect from my blog.
Recently I've been fishing for ideas. Ideas specifically that I can take to a final oil painting stage actually, but that's another story. I of course want these ideas to be dynamic, engaging, and completely original to myself, I know, a very tall order. So after gazing at all things Pinterest I felt completely frustrated, this was not getting me anywhere closer to my goal but was instead retarding my own imagination and discouraging me to the point of exhaustion.
I pulled out my current sketchbook and doodled around for awhile, I was on the right track but everything I had just visually consumed was still too close to me. I began looking at my older sketchbooks, in them I found pictures that my own hand had drawn but now I was looking at them with fresh eyes, separated from the initial thoughts that spawned these previous sketches. There was a wealth of new ideas to pull from, and though I'm sure they weren't completely original to me they were the closest things to it.
I suppose it's like a seed that's planted and eventually turns into something bigger than it was. The real ingredient needed in many cases of thoughtful work is time. So dust off your old sketchbooks today, there's a lot of potential in them.