I have been thinking a lot about inspiration lately and have begun to realize how important the places I travel have been to my work. Particularly, how those places influence my color choices. The texture and color contrasts of sky and landscape are particularly influential.
Here is a picture from the Cappadocia region of Turkey. It is at once barren and plentiful. It is the land of the fairy chimneys that have been created over thousands of years. The tops are made of harder stuff than the more erodible lower layers of earth, which leads to this unique and wonderful landscape.
When traveling there two years ago, I was mesmerized by the lines and textures of this landscape. Undulating, plummeting, soaring. Turn a bend and the landscape was a bit different, but always carved in an elegant manner, as if designed by a sculptor.
Everyday we were there this landscape was capped off with a beautiful sky. Sometimes brilliant blue with or without big white puffy clouds. Other times, dark and stormy. And as in this pic, a mixture of both. Always, the sky was a perfect partner to this magical, almost whimsical landscape.