Musings of the Artists Mind
Right out of the descriptions of the Ancient Greek sculptures of masculinity, this figure is thick, solid, and rough. All the lines are decisive, the stance he is taking is imposing and could be seen as aggressive. I struggled with my inner child on this one. The inner child giggled nervously with the naked male figure and my adult self had to forcibly ignore the foolishness of the child-embarrassment. I’m sure letting the confidence of the adult inner-voice speak louder contributed to the success of this piece. I feel I captured the strength of the Ancient Greek sculptures I so admire and still maintained my love of all things Impressionistic in the details of the form & finish.
The surface was coated with an acre pigment and after bisquing a brown stain was added to add shadows.
I’m very proud of this piece.
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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.