Musings of the Artists Mind
This is the first exploration of the smaller Greek-inspired females. I still see much more of the African mask and sculpture inspiration in it, except for the plain glaze I used. As you see shortly, I’ve learned to trust the clay body and use different coatings. I was also exploring my forced perspective of looking upwards that I so enjoy in my sketching. At this time, I was still most comfortable with a slightly grogged clay body. I’ve come to enjoy the possibilities of porcelain more and more in future pieces.
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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.