I can find inspiration in unexpected places. Hardware stores being one of my favorites. However, I also take advantage of the obvious creative haunts. Arts and crafts stores, vintage stores, city streets and alleys. In Des Moines one of my favorite places to just wander around, both inside and out, is the Art Center but I’m not really drawn to the artwork on display. I get excited about the angles of the building, the way the sun leaves shadows across the modern staircase and floor in the Meier addition. While all of that engages and inspires me what really draws me in is the rose garden and park behind the center. It’s always a wonder to me that I’m in the middle of a metropolis but can get so lost and caught up peace of the park and trails.
This picture comes from the courtyard of the art center. I’m always surprised by the tranquility of it and I love that even when it is crowded with attendees it somehow commands peace. The pool itself is the center piece and a work of art in its own right and I since I adore fall I loved how the leaves were pooling up in the corners. Where do you find your favorite fall inspiration?