I’ve been asked how I decide what scenes to paint and where my inspiration comes from. Often the process is intuitive; yes, feelings tend to lead us, but also having a sense of knowing and understanding the subject. Ideas surround us like bubbles or clouds in the air. They can be all shapes and sizes; they can be ever-changing, growing, moving in directions we cannot determine, or even fleeting, here one moment, gone the next. We begin to narrow our focus to the shape, size and colors, and get to know the subject by learning, building our knowledge, and understanding.

So where does inspiration come in? That’s when we start to look “Up, and up, and up!”. It seems that Inspiration is an awakening that comes from somewhere outside of ourselves, doesn’t it? And it may be developing inside us until it suddenly seems to wake up and become part of our conscience. And often we are aware that the timing of these inspirations is not our own, and, as the circus ringmaster in “Dumbo” says about trying to find a climax to his idea of a pachyderm pyramid, maybe it “comes to me in a vision when I dream”.

In “Dumbo”, you remember, Timothy Q. Mouse encourages that idea when whispering into the sleeping ringmaster’s ear that he is the “voice of your subconscious, your inspiration”. Then he plants the seed of the idea….”Dumbo!…Dumbo…Dumbo…Dumbo”.

But it is not until later in the story that Timothy Q. Mouse has his awakening when he suddenly realizes “That’s it…your ears…the very things that held you down are going to carry you Up, and Up, and Up!”

Inspiration is like that. When I paint, I do not have any of these thoughts at the time. But much later, after I’ve painted the painting and begun to look at it from afar, reflect upon it and write about it, I see what stories it may tell.

I’ve developed the “painterly border” for some of my originals to somehow express the inspiration. I paint the border after I’ve entirely finished the painting. Here, on “Upward”, I’ve tried to extend the vision and focus, including hints of the feather, in a dreamy atmosphere, a quality that the writer describes in a lovely blog interview she wrote for WDW Radio (click link for the interview) https://www.wdwradio.com/2022/01/epcot-international-festival-of-the-arts-artist-profile-rosemary-begley/ .

The original painting of “Upward”, framed with the original painterly border, is available at The Art of Disney in Epcot. Deluxe Prints and Framed Painterly Print reproductions are available at Disney’s Festival of the Arts 2022 and while supplies last.