The best and most beautiful beings and things found on earth are best not to be acquired but admired. They must be seen by and felt with the heart ~ Armida
Inspiration comes from everywhere.*
When I began to develop my characters for DAUGHTERS OF THE DANCE, the photograph (left) of Little Suhaila of California was my inspiration for the character Nona . . . and then she became Ayana as well.
At that time, when the inspiration came, I was studying belly dancing in South Beach, Miami Beach with such teachers as Amar Gamal, Maja, and Tamalyn Dallal. It was Maja who introduced me to a video of Suhaila Salimpour dancing.
* Inspiration is defined as something that makes someone want to do something or that gives someone an idea about what to do or create; a force or influence that inspires someone; a person, place, experience, and the like that makes someone want to do or create something.
It is all of the above.
Please let me know who is your favorite and why?