Musings of the Artists Mind
Movement and sound… Yes, sound! Look into the painting and you will start to hear the gentle wind rustling in the leaves of this tree. Watch longer and you might feel the breeze coming off the ocean, just over the ridge on the horizon. An impossible stillness inspired the title of this piece. I imagine someone called out to the tree and it turned its head rapidly, in surprise, and asked “Who me?”
Working vertically to allow the paint and glazes to drip off the canvas, I added many alternating layers of coloured glazes and watered down acrylics. Blending blues and pinks into an impressionistic sky. Leaving the tree trunk free of the multitude of glazings, seems to have given the tree a mood of righteous indignation.
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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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