Inspiration from the Faroe Islands

Voted the best islands in the world by National Geographic Traveler, the Faroes are full of breathtaking views that would inspire almost anyone to create. I’m in the middle of a series of daily paintings inspired by the Faroes, myself.

Faroe Island village: oil painting
This painting is available in my online shop.

My husband and I were thrilled to win a trip to the Faroe Islands in conjunction with TBEX Copenhagen last month. Visit Faroe Islands was so generous to us, and we want to share some of that generosity with readers of Flogging the Muse. So I’ve assembled a goodie bag full of fun stuff from the Faroes, including a piece of handmade relief art, a CD of local music, a gorgeous book featuring works by local artists, a DVD and photo book which show off the islands’ unique landscape and culture, some postcards, and a few other little treats.

Leave a comment on this post telling me about the most inspiring place you’ve ever been. A mountain top on the other side of the world? A favorite corner of your own back yard?

Edited: We have a winner! Thanks so much to everyone who entered!

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15 Responses to “Inspiration from the Faroe Islands”

  1. tammy vitale says:

    Lovely picture! The movement in it reminds me a lot of Van Gogh.

    My favorite place: hard to pick there are so many. But the place that speaks to my spirit is the giant redwoods of Northern California. We were connected years before I ever saw them – they were my “safe place” where I went when I need room to breathe. Another life I am sure! My backyard isn’t bad for that either!

  2. Oh, I would love to win. One of the most inspirational places I have been is Dakar, Senegal in West Africa. The people, the colorful clothing, the art EVERYWHERE were breathtaking.

  3. dthaase says:

    this painting is marvelous!

    an inspiring place: a few summer’s ago I traveled to South Africa and was able to head up into Lesotho – I sat in a 17′ round hut made of cow dung with a family who were shepherds and probably haven’t ever ventured more than several football fields from their home (I tried some of their bread that they made in a fire pit in the center of the dirt floored room along with a bitter beer that they make) – in this humble space I witnessed some of the most content and joy-filled people I have ever met – a good reminder that not much is needed to be content in this world…truly inspirational.

  4. Joanie Hoffman says:

    Thanks for the great giveaway!
    I think any place that I am with my grandchildren inspires me. They see things in such a different way and we love to talk about that.

  5. Kathleen says:

    Mmmmm. I think the most inspiring place I can think of having been was the top of the Grand Teton in Wyoming. My husband and I climbed this 13,000 ft peak in 1988. The vistas, in every direction, were siomplay amazing and it remains the best climb I ever made. Thanks for bringing it back to mind and sharing your beautiful art!

  6. Charlotte says:

    The most inspiring place I’ve ever been is right here in my city of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Never have I experienced a more unified and loving environment as literally everyone who lived here had been touched by disaster in varying degrees. Neighbor helped neighbor, strangers helped each other, volunteers from around the world gave of their time and hard work to help us all. It was at once the most challenging and inspiring time in my life. And now I’ve noticed New Orleanians are among the first to organize relief efforts and donations for other victims of natural disasters around the world. Such an experience changes you forever.

    Your painting is breath-taking! The Faroe Islands sound like paradise.

  7. pavinee says:

    Beautiful painting!

    My favorite place would be Hallstatt in Austria. I visited there 2 years ago. Spent two whole days in this breathtakingly beautiful little town in a valley surrounded by huge blue mountain and glinting lake. It’s the most memorable moment in my life :-)

  8. Is it super sad to admit I have been nowhere but the places I’ve lived, or towns and such close to? I wish I have been somewhere inspiring and beautiful.

  9. Mark says:

    Standing in front of Piero della Francesca’s “Resurrection” in Arezzo. It’s been more than 30 years and I can still remember the feeling of being overwhelmed.

  10. Jul says:

    I am really loving hearing about everyone’s inspiring places. I think you all are inspiring me to add some spots to my travel list.

  11. pierre KEVIN says:


    Muy bonito cuadro, Julie.

    Feliz Navidad!

    Me encanta esta isla, esta montana, este cuadro de verde!


  12. pierre KEVIN says:

    Me gusta el Castillo en arriba del cuadro!
    Necesito mirar un poquito para aprender. . . .
    Buena Suerte, Julia!


  13. BarbaraB says:

    I love your Faroe paintings and had to get out the atlas to look them up! For me, the most inspirational place is the Rhodope mountains in Bulgaria. Full of history, this is the home of Orpheus.

  14. joyce says:

    I have been to many places that have inspired me. My most recent place was standing at the edge of a lake in total darkness with just a dim light from the sky waiting for the start of my first triathlon. It was totally inspiring. And when the sun came up I swam across that lake, did some biking and ran a few miles and the entire time I felt like I was invincible.

  15. Rob Christ says:

    Mine is the Faroe Islands too, especially Kalsoy. Have fun!