Musings of the Artists Mind
An over-paint on my own original Howl painting. The original was thick, dripping, flat white on glossy black. It was stark, sleek, and sterile. As fiercely dadaist as the most popular paperback cover of Ginsberg’s Howl that inspired it. And, it left me with a feeling of incompleteness, much like its inspiration. I felt the story needed to move forward, so I chose to paint over it.
We can still see the word HOWL if you look closely at the texture, which now serves as a back story for my composition. There’s always more going on in the background than the eye might catch at first.
This was the beginning of a new exploration of style; minimalist expressions of peace and solitude. Like the haze rising off the earth from the heat of the sun or the glare of the moon on a foggy night. Come on a walkabout into your own imagination, because it’s what you see in the distance that makes this story truly fascinating.
I loved the purposeful mistakes of letting the many layers of thin acrylics and glazes, allowed to drip down the canvas and create stains like a heavy rain on a window.
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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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