Musings of the Artists Mind
This Blue Man must have been having a very bad day, at least musically. I hear no music in this one, as the expression is all of frustration.
This form allowed me to experiment with the happenstance of gravity that occurs in the kiln during firing. My teacher at the time felt that if I had made the arms longer, as I had in my original design, they would possibly have slumped down and given this fellow a different expression and name.
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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.
Books that Inspired and Influenced my Experimentation:
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.
These are perhaps the most accessible influences, but the truth is that my influences run deep through thousands of books and works I’ve seen & read. 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.