Musings of the Artists Mind
My wife pulled an old painting she did from her storage and she didn’t like it anymore. I asked her if I could rework it and try to bring forth her vision as I understood it from her description.
Originally a pair of trees; green and red, with no clear context or landscape; I brushed on thick layers of paint to build up the texture of the tree bark, a pallet knife to create the snowy hillside, and allowed many layers of white mixed glaze to cover a deep dark blue for the sky. The moon is added by collage and paint layers, the red berries were a finishing touch that reminds me of old mountain ash trees after the first winter’s snow.
A couple of months of work and her summer scene became a winter scene. She loved it so much, that it now hangs in our bedroom.
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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 Art” OR Phaidon’s “The Art Book” Both 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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