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How Travel Influences my Art

Alifya Lotya

Travel can offer great inspiration to any artist. Seeing new sights and experiencing a new culture offers me an opportunity to work this into my art by introducing a new colour combination or shapes and objects into the design for example.

In this post, I am going to share with you examples of past work that was directly influenced by my trips abroad. I love to travel and creating work inspired by my trips is a great way to bring a fresh perspective to my work.

Art Inspired by Italy

In January 2019 I had the opportunity to visit the beautiful city of Florence. The buildings have beautiful intricate detailing that I used I worked into the shapes of the mandala. The colour palette for the background was inspired by the streets of Bologna. Hopefully you can see the similarities from the collage below! 


Art Inspired by Greece

A more recent trip to Athens Greece in March 2022 for a friend's 30th birthday inspired this design. 

The evil eye has become very popular trending symbol and originates from ancient Greek beliefs. It can also be found in Indian culture, known alternatively as 'nazar'. We visited some markets and side streets with cute corner shops and a lot of the merch incorporated the evil eye symbol. 

I decided to incorporate the evil eye into my latest design into the mandala itself. I also drew on it for inspiration for the overall colour combination. A sneak peak below.

And here is the finished piece! I used watercolour paints to create the textured look of the background. Promarkers and pens were used to draw the mandala. 


The art as shown in this post are available to purchase at the links below.

Colourful Mandala Print

Evil Eye Mandala Print

I hope this has given you a little insight into how travel and seeing new sights can give inspiration for new work. Let me know what you think in the comments below!

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