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Artistically Inspirational Cities!

Posted by: Shawn Morrel on 05/21/2013 - 5:09 PM

The Cities That Make You Want to Create Art….. Eternally!

Hello Fine Art America,

For my very first discussion post and FAA, I could not help but discuss all of the inspiration that I have gained by traveling. I am originally from Toronto, Canada, and have lived in both the United States and United Kingdom. I have found that my recent move to London has given me a boost in inspiration and creative ideas with its sites, architecture, history, museums, and the multicultural atmosphere. Much of my artwork is inspired by different cities.

I recently came back from a tour around Europe which took me through Amsterdam, Munich, Tyrol, Venice, Rome, Florence, Lucerne, and Paris. It is no secret how picturesque Europe is. Each city carries something unique that has inspired me. Venice was the city that inspired me the most on this particular tour. It is easy to see why the beautiful Venetian landscape is one of the most rendered cityscapes. I will be putting together some European inspired artwork for my next sequence of paintings soon. Look out!
Although Europe has been inspiring, the city that has been most given me the most creative juice in a seven-day squeeze was my trip to Havana, Cuba. On my profile, there are three Cuban-inspired paintings: “Urban Moment #5-Caribbean Cuisine”, “One Mile to Havana”, and “Morning Tour”. I am an enormous admirer of Latin American Art in general (but, I won’t get started on that in this post!), so this trip was perfect for me. The tropical weather, animals, architecture, natural plantations, paintings, music, food, dance, and overall Art scene proved enough to captivate me. Even a pina colada on the beach gave me something to think about.

FAA, I was wondering which cities have brought inspiration to you? Maybe it is a major city that many have visited? Or, maybe it is a lesser-known underrated city that others should know about? Of course, you could also throw a pitch for your home city. Feel free to post your pictures of you city-inspired pieces.


Shawn Morrel

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Posted by: Brian Wallace on 05/21/2013 - 5:11 PM

Baltimore, Maryland - USA

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Posted by: Christine Till on 05/21/2013 - 5:48 PM

I remember Havana so well, Shawn. Good choice !!

Africa and Asia inspire me a lot ... these continents are so different!

Morocco - Land Of Contrast
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Shanghai - Bigger Higher Faster
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Taipei Taiwan
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Posted by: H Drew on 05/21/2013 - 5:57 PM


Posted by: Bradford Martin on 05/21/2013 - 6:58 PM

Savannah, GA
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Posted by: Bradford Martin on 05/21/2013 - 7:00 PM


Posted by: Michael Hoard on 05/21/2013 - 7:03 PM

NO QUESTION ABOUT THAT ONE New Orleans, famous for its Artist, Food, Musicians, and Architecture.

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Jackson Square is world famous where aritist known and unknown draw and sell there work.

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Posted by: Ann Powell on 05/21/2013 - 7:08 PM

Taos, New Mexico
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Posted by: William Norton on 05/21/2013 - 7:43 PM

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Posted by: Roger Swezey on 05/21/2013 - 8:27 PM

First about Havana,
I was there, young, poor, with a scraggly red beard, one year before Castro's appearance .....WHAT A TOWN!!!

But there is only one city..."The City!"...... NYC!!!

Travelled an hour and a half (bus and subway) each way every day, from the suburbs to Harlem to receive a very special education (High School of Music and Art).

Getting my higher education from a scholarship only college (Cooper Union for the Advancement of Art & Architecture)., that has it's campus on the Bowery

Having my own $35.10 a month apartment (bathtub in the kitchen) in Alphabet City.

Living the Beatnik life, with vodka and Brubeck (No coffee) and enduring endless underground movies.

Sharing the after hours with Artist Greats at the Cedar Bar, and Jazz Greats at the original 5 Spot.

Becoming Yuppyfied with an apartment on west 10th Street.

Spent my late 20's and early 30's on the design and construction of a major edifice in the city (Met Opera House)

Working directly with Marc Chagall on the installation of his 2 great murals.

Building a nest, getting married, and living responsibly in the upper west side.

Biking with my then wife, through Central Park to work and back from Rockefeller Center.


Others wanted what we had...Enough to smash a hole through our front steel door to get it.( including our bicycles)

NYC was then no longer that FUN CITY

Things started to fall apart until "VULTURES" came about.

Peddling my wares along the gutters throughout this City.

And So it Goes.

(pictures may come later)


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Posted by: Benjamin Yeager on 05/22/2013 - 12:45 AM

The Emerald City: plenty of landmarks, Mount Rainier, the Puget Sound and the Space Needle...
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Posted by: Mike Jeffries on 05/22/2013 - 5:28 AM

Dear old London town, not now mind you but in the past.
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Not forgetting the bustle of old Brum.
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Posted by: Brian Wallace on 05/24/2013 - 8:45 AM

Philadelphia PA...

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Posted by: Matthias Hauser on 05/24/2013 - 8:56 AM


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And Prague...

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Posted by: David Letts on 05/26/2013 - 9:24 PM

Obidos, Portugal
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Cortona, Italy
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Posted by: Kathi Shotwell on 05/26/2013 - 9:51 PM

Seems like there's inspiration everywhere we go. Cities where I've felt the most creative - Toronto, San Fran, St. Augustine, Key West.
Savannah is definitely in my near future.


Posted by: Ann Johndro-Collins on 05/27/2013 - 12:27 AM

Fascinating history and culture...

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Posted by: Ben and Raisa Gertsberg on 05/27/2013 - 2:12 AM

Art by Ben and Raisa Gertsberg The Shipyards In Vancouver Art by Ben and Raisa Gertsberg Vancouver Reflections No 1


Posted by: Enver Larney on 05/27/2013 - 3:08 AM

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Florence Italy


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