Musings of the Artists Mind
The guest is on his way. This is the guest we often both love and are challenged by. We love their appreciation, their enthusiasm, they joy at what we’ve shared with them. We are challenged by comfort and ease at receiving hospitality. An ease we don’t always feel comfortable receiving and because of our own discomfort, we may let thoughts of envy colour our feeling of this happy guest.
He is walking jauntily, why? Is this a date? Who do you think he’s meeting tonight? Was he invited or not?
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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.