|An ancient engraving of a horse.
[Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
The oldest art in caves across the world is of animals and other parts of nature. Because humans were so heavily dependent on the natural world back then, it follows that they would paint and engrave what they see in their world.
Although our imaginations have provided us with other sources of inspiration, nature is still one of the most drawn upon sources of material for art, craft and creativity of all types.
When I was a kid, I used to press flowers and then put them between two sheets of contact paper in order to make crude bookmarks out of them. Later on, in high school, I studied botany for a while, and absolutely loved to observe the amazing variety of leaf shapes there were, even within the same genus of plant.
That’s part of why I’m also so tickled when I see handmade jewelry modeled after flowers and other parts of nature.
The next time you find yourself lacking inspiration, maybe looking out the window or examining a potted plant will break you out of the rut.