Musings of the Artists Mind
My need to extend my landscapes, have them talk a little more went in the direction of populating them. If such a thing is possible, I felt I was painting in French. I heard the figures voices speaking as a pair of Bon Vivant Québécois following a happy discussion and the joyful moment of agreement on a point of conversation. The world may be cold, damp, and windy around them, but they are warm with friendship.
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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.