I’m So Pretty, Oh, So Pretty

potl 6Musings of the Artists Mind

The impulse suddenly overtook her and she began to sing: “I’m so pretty! Oh, So Pretty” 

I can’t deny the possible influence of the scene where Julie Andrews is running up the hill in The Sound of Music, but I wasn’t conscious. Emotionally, this is a tribute to my sister, who loves to burst into song followed by laughter at moments of happiness. It’s a beautiful thing to see and is one of the things I love most about her. 

None of my figures are in Austria, as far as I can tell; it feels more like they are on some peninsula of Newfoundland or some Eastern European fjord overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Where does she live in your imagination?

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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 ArtOR Phaidon’s “The Art BookBoth 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. 


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