Musings of the Artists Mind
Now we are having fun! I built this piece much quicker from a single large & thin slab of white Raku clay. At leather hard I painted a pure blue pigment onto it and then bisqued it. Before final firing, I added some iron oxide stain to highlight parts of it and to throw shadows as if it were submerged in the water and the sunlight was shining from above. This Robin’s Egg pigment has been the most successful colour to date. The form is getting closer to those ancient statues we see pictures of in books on archeology and I’m very happy with how it could possibly represent some Olympian heroine.
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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.