Taos, There’s Something In The Light #4

Taos - Something in the light 4

Musings of the Artists Mind

I noticed this window from a few hundred meters away. The sun wasn’t shining directly on it and  it had a glow that I assumed was coming from the inside and there were shadows dancing behind it. The first curiosity was that I heard no music and the second was that the door next to this window showed no light coming from within. I had to get a closer look. The glass wasn’t painted, but it was coloured as you see it. In the few spaces I could see through this semi-opaque glass, there was only dark on the other side, and yet the window gave off its own light and the shadows continued to dance behind it. I’ve often heard there was magic in Taos, NM and this window made me want to believe it!

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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:

Here we have to give homage to my kings of imagery. While I cannot claim to compare myself to them, they continue to inspire my view of the world.

Ansel Adams for extending the imagination though light and shadow.

Georgia O’Keefe for painting macros and driving the eye into incredible landscapes.

Andrew Wyeth for adding a dusting of serenity to all he painted and giving a craving for tea whenever I see his work. 

Pablo Picasso for always coming to the purity of the image by often outrageous routes.

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 & My ViewBug site, and at Arts M.Perron. 

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