Musings of the Artists Mind

At first I saw trees, then these elephant like creatures emerged. Watch them roam on the horizon like giant mirages. Yes, the Oliphaunts are inspired by the giant creatures in Lord of The Rings, but not as they are shown in the movie. Read the description in the books, it will blow your mind. There was another literary influence, but I’ve forgotten the source. I believe there’s a poem by the same title with a wonderful description of these magical beasts. 

I let things grow organically in this creation. Letting the paint drip and form as it wanted in the backdrop, then borrowing some graffiti stylings to reveal the animals. This letting go and seeing what the muses want to show is very enjoyable, and occasionally frustrating. 

I’m here from the future to tell you something, but I can’t, unless you design your world with The Artist’s Stuff: Prints, Fashion, and uniquely awesome Decor ideas!

What inspires an artist? 

“All they see” is the first and most literal answer. 

For me, that is literally hundreds of gallery & museum exhibits, thousands of books, and tens of thousands of images online.  

When asked where to start a book collections, I almost always recommend these art bibles: Janson’s “History of ArtOR Phaidon’s “The Art BookBoth give a nice overview with good pictures. Once you’ve discovered what you are attracted to there most, you can then dig deeper into that area. 

If you have the time, you are free to visit my GoodReads library to see a fraction of the books I’ve read. These are the ones I remember, that is. Or you can visit the ever growing collection on my Pinterest account.


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