High On Her Pedestal

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Musings of the Artists Mind

Unawares that her lover is watching her from below, or is she? He kept so high on a pedestal that it is hard to believe she didn’t notice. Her stance is coy and her gentle pose indicates the possibility that she is aware of her admire’s glance. I love the subtle beauty of this figure and the odd juxtaposition that her coyness is similar to that of a circus clown. Perhaps this is a game she’s learned to play in her desire to have attention without overtly asking for it. Either way, she is showing her vulnerability and fragility. Her strength comes from her self-awareness and the control she has over the image she’s portraying. 

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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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