Paying Homage to Inspiration

Inspiration is generated by compelling and diverse sources. It is planted deep in the unconscious and has the tendency to raise the sense of possibility in others. The word itself comes from the Latin inspirare, meaning “to breath into.”

When urban artist, Leslie Ward, thinks about present-day inspiration, homage must be accredited to Yvette Crocker and Donice Bloodworth; two incredible artists that played a part in the early stages of her work.

Leslie's intro to both artists came while vacationing in Martha's Vineyard earlier this year. She was sitting on the beach with a sketchbook and her iPad, searching for #AfroArt / Paint 'n Sip ideas on #Pinterest. Leslie was enamored by the visuals that came up and immediately sketched two pieces inspired by Yvette Crocker's art. The idea was to use the pieces for a #PaintnSip class, but they took on a life of their own once people saw what inspiration had created.

While Leslie had her own creative vision, she was drawn to the artist's work, so much so that she had to stop herself from 'being inspired' or else all of her art would look like Yvette Crocker's. They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. #lol When it comes to digital artist Donice Bloodworth, the positioning and strength embodied throughout his art is what Leslie admired the most. And as a fan of other artists that were popular in her twenties, (i.e. #LeroyCampbell, #AnnieLee, #ErnieBarnes, etc.) Leslie preferred not to include facial details in her art, and to see a fellow artist unapologetically take that on, was powerful.

#Inspiration is a beautiful contagion that passes through individuals and manifests itself in unique form. Leslie is thankful to Yvette Crocker and Donice Bloodworth for planting creative seeds so that she can perform her own feats and inspire others, and so on down the line.

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