Musings of the Artists Mind
So far, this is the best of my explorations into the female figure. The surface is perhaps way too interesting to touch and everyone who sees it, touches it. I created this glaze by mixing a pure pigment with a glossy clear glaze and the effect was a big surprise. There’s a slight mottling of in the shine. Some patches seem to be cloudy, matte, or metallic. You have to get close to the piece to see it, but then you’ll find yourself touching it, as if your eyes aren’t enough to register the full range of senses it offers.
I’ve yet to reproduce this glaze in different hues or colours, but I’ve come close with a black. Further exploration seems to be required. So, stay tunes!
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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.