Musings of the Artists Mind
Insert the folk dance of your choice. Here we watch the instructor demonstrating the subtle complexities of a traditional dance. In Quebec, I’ve seen this during our Rigodon festivities coming up around Christmas & New years, many French-Canadian homes will have on music by La Bottine Souriante (loosely translated as The Smiling boot) and all will have a great time dancing. It’s basically an Irish Jig, filled with laughter and joy. Happy Holidays!
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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.