Musings of the Artists Mind
Sometimes making art is like taking a leap of faith. In this case it’s having faith in my materials: a largish canvas, a limited pallet of acrylic paints, some well loved brushes, water and varnish; throw them altogether with time and patience and voila! The technique on this and most of my newer work is a longer process of building-up very thin and often watery layers, then allowing the paint to flow as it wants and then loving the natural movements in the work. I really enjoyed making this one, because of all the different brush strokes and subtle varnishing.
Funny thing is I still feel the need to add something to this composition. Perhaps it needs a few birds in the sky and one peeking out of the tree.
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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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