I claim blupaisan for paisley.
I live in CO with my cat and a house full of books and board games. I love books, bold art, and careful craftsmanship.
the dark moments in traditional fairy tales
The Phoenix Guards: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/133460.The_Phoenix_Guards
philosophers (esp. Socrates, Chuang-Tze/Zhuangzi)
your favorite bit of poetry
ink paintings or drawings
chiarascuro (strong light & shadow)
drapery study (think http://www.italian-renaissance-art.com/Annunciation.html
whatever medium you're best at
Or combinations of any of the above!