A Week of Inspiration

Preston in Central Park

Preston Biking in Central Park(Photo via).

I had such a great week. The weather was wonderful for the most part in New York. I started training again for an upcoming triathlon (my best ideas happen while I am in the zone exercising). However, last Monday after finishing an 8 mile run, I had a strong sneezing attack because of my allergies–no fun. That night I had dinner with the extraordinary folks from the Knot. Carley is one of the most brilliant strategists in the industry.

Wednesday night, I was taken to the theater by my friend (she’s also an amazing publicist) Amy Brownstein to see the musical Memphis. I enjoyed this show a lot, however my only comment is that I think Broadway shows have too much of a formula. It’s a lot of high energy dancing with lots of loud belting voices. By the time I left the theater I was exhausted. I rushed home to see the last (DVR’d) episode of Ugly Betty. Amy represents two characters, Betty’s nephew Justin and Hilda his mother. Betty never looked better. It’s such a big disappointment this show was cancelled. It was one of my funniest escapes.

Last night my partner Theo took me to Carnegie Hall to see La Commedia by composer Louis Andriessen. First of all, I always feel extremely glamourous in this historical space. I have seen great talents perform here, like Shirley Bassey, Nina Simone, Josephine Baker (yes, way back in the seventies), Bruce Springsteen and many others. Whenever I step into Carnegie Hall, it feels like going back in time. The performance last night was musically challenging for me. I had to work hard not to fall asleep even though I walked away feeling inspired. (Yes folks, at times we need to work for our inspiration.)

Inspiration requires time to play.

Every weekend I plan an ARTIST DATE for myself. I’d like to encourage you all to do the same. This weekend, I am planning to visit the Museum of Modern Art In New York to see the exhibit of the amazing artist Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present. I am really looking forward to this. One always needs to work in filling the creative well of ideas.

Now please share with me: What inspired your creative juices this week? And, if you were planning an artist date any place in the world, where would you go for inspiration?

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  • http://www.CelesteStudios.com Janice Celeste

    Montmartre, of course! Now I’m missing France!

  • http://www.eventzen.net EventZen

    Preston, hope all is wonderful! Sitting at the dentist waiting room I enjoyed reading your blog…best alternative to back issue waiting room mags..lol I’m inspired to comment because I’m on this same wavelength. For the past week I’ve been inspired by tattoos…the art itself, techniques, styles, history behind each piece, the people who get them and even the reasons why one chooses to get them…so much inspiration. In a life where nothing lasts forever…”life is like an hour glass stuck to the table”…I’m digging that tats are something that one can have forever in this lifetime…a time to be savored and enjoyed. These wonderful pieces of art, like paintings, will be carried and talked about for years to come. My best to you and Theo…have a wonderful day! – Chrisya

  • Siaba Tumoe

    Hi Preston, I’m your number one fun and hope to work with you or even meet you one day. I live in London is a place called Stratford. Its worlds away from you, lol. Anyway opposite my house is the biggest park in my town called “west ham park”. Its so beautiful! The house keepers work so hard creating unique and unforgettable pattens and designs with flowers in the flower gardens. Even the children’s play area inspires me, it busts with colours and is laid out so well. The park itself is mostly just grass and walk ways, but the things you see whilst working in the park are always a breath of fresh to the soul. For example, people doing yoga, mothers taking her new born babies for walks and dog owners chatting whilst their dogs play. I love west ham park! I hope you stay blessed and inspired. x

  • Saufen

    Hi Preston, I’ve had a great week of inspiration too! We are planning for a 2 major showcase projects in a few months’ time and I was just telling my friend and colleague how fortunate we are to be born and living in the lovely, tiny, island country of Singapore. Inspiration is EVERYWHERE and inspiration is always NEAR. When sourcing for decor items or ideas, in less than a day, I can hop on a train (subway) and travel from the street markets of China(town) where I can find, strangely, beautiful Vietnamese laquerware, to the dimly lit, shisha-scented Ottoman lamp shops in Arab Street to roadside jasmine garland shops in Little India which stock in their back rooms, an eye-popping array of decor items used for temple devotions. . . while of course partaking in the fantastic food from these civilisations in between. Paradise! My other favourite source of inspiration is our wonderful urban palace of a National Library. That’s where I first encountered your work, read all your books and experienced a floral art nirvana when I studied Daniel Ost’s books 2 days ago. And if I could plan an artist date anywhere in the world, I would be hard pressed to decide between New York and London. Then again, the benefit of being where I am is that I could easily reach the exciting artists of Bali, Thailand, Vietnam… in a hearbeat. So whenever we find ourselves in an inspiration rut, we just book a ticket to these places and go go go! ;-)

  • voignier jean-marie

    Hi Preston; i love to read your blog…so inspirate for me; i’m french and live in the Loire Valley in a small village with a big castle; all the village was recreated in the XIX century int he Neo-gothic style; i bought a family house 12 years ago and for me it’s the french way of life of the Loire Valley inspirated me: the french romance; with the spring arriving i work this last week with the first garden flowers: hyacinthes, tulips daffodils and all the trees which have theirs first greens….with a glass of sweety wine and good food, i must be very inspirate !!!a lot of fun and the new season for weddings begins, so, let’s go and have fun!!!!( you can take a look for this castle http://www.chateauchallain.com: the owners are from USA)

  • http://twitter.com/Rowaida Rowaida Flayhan

    It sounds like you had a great and busy week. Wish you always great success, you are such an inspiration.

  • http://www.firstkissfilms.com Bridget

    Hi Preston – I so enjoy reading your blog. You have a way of providing so much great information while always remaining authentic. I especially loved reading this post as inspiration is the cornerstone of what we do. I too find both being in the “zone exercising” and having regular artist dates very inspiring – sounds like you’ve read “The Artist’s Way”. :)

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    Man creator Preston Bailey
    I am an Arab girl told the age of 31
    Now I open my own office which is interested in coordinating weddings
    I never in a cliff, and I want to refine the science and knowledge of how to me?
    And my wish to meet you Is it possible?
    I am creative and I want to learn more
    I am from Saudi Arabia

  • http://YOURWEBSITE Reyna

    danger keeps one on their creative edge… go to somalia (with a bulletproof vest and an armoured car – of course!)

  • http://www.drinksgreen.com Green Drinks Addict

    This is really inspiring and it is really great to have a week of getting so much of the fun that we desire.

  • http://www.gravura-laser.com Andrei Director

    I just love your site, it’s filled with fresh and relevant articles and have a very nice eye catchy design! Some posts really helped me in my work, so thanks for that!! Thumbs up

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    I rushed home to see the last (DVR’d) episode of Ugly Betty. Amy represents two characters, Betty’s nephew Justin and Hilda his mother. Betty never looked better.