Musings of the Artists Mind
You left the house on an unexpectedly cold, windy day. You slowly feel the cold creeping in. You suddenly realize winter is not on it’s way, it is here! Stubbornly you continue with all the justifications that you hope will keep you warm, but they don’t. You do it anyway, alive with a mix of discomfort and defiance against the cold attacking your bones. You give yourself empty promises that you will take you scarf next time; knowing that your joy at defying nature will probably take you into the cold again, unprepared.
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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.