Musings of the Artists Mind
Strongly inspired by Picasso’s matter jug manipulations, I wanted to create my own functional water or wine vessel, in a female form. The lower body almost seems to be perpetually flowing from the waist and it is clearly flowing downward into some unseen foundation under the jug, somehow rooting it to the ground.
I used a pale blue engobe before the bisque and the red iron oxide stain before final firing added an unexpected earthy feel to it. Maybe my subconscious knew it would bring it back to the functionality of an earthenware jug.
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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.