Looking for Inspiration

I must confess that I am feeling particularly uninspired as of late. I’ve been making ceramic mugs in the pottery studio and decorating them with underglaze, but even this seems forced.

The Penn Archeology and Anthropology Museum has been a great source of inspiration for me in the past. Flea Markets are a great source of inspiration, too. If those don’t work for you, the Huffington Post offers a few suggestions to stoke your creativity. I find that the best thing for me is to take a long walk and to try to look at things differently.

So last week, I revisited a Philadelphia neighborhood I lived in years ago which happened to be hosting a vintage flea market on a beautiful fall day. Even if the walk didn’t open the inspiration floodgates, I figured that at least I would get some exercise since I walked to Powelton Village and back from my South Philadelphia neighborhood. And got to look at Center City Philadelphia architecture from the west rather than my usual eastern view. Architecture can be another source of inspiration.

I’m not feeling inspired yet, but when I do, you’ll be the first to know.

Bella Vista to Point Breeze and Back Again

Some pictures I took on a walk last weekend starting from Hawthorne Square Philadelphia where they were holding  a flea market


   Hawthorne Square


Fitzwater at 13th Street.  Site of former housing projects.


View from Pine near Broad Street

That’s The Drake in the background and Furness Hall at University of the Arts in the foreground


A door on Federal Street in Point Breeze


Hanging on the corner outside Italian American social club near 18th and Federal



Federal Street Point Breeze


Mikveh  Israel Cemetery #2


 View from Federal Street between 11th and 12th Streets


The trees bloom for a couple of weeks and then it will all be gone.


Ending up at Bitar’s 11th and Federal for a well-deserved falafel.