Musings of the Artists Mind
Imagine a corner of the cemetary where you suddenly find yourself and wonder how did you not see this when I walked past it on my way in. It was behind some very old stones and in a bright clearing, and yet it never came into focus. It had no trees or overgrowth shadowing it, and yet it wasn’t fully light. I purposefully over-exposed it to give an impression that it gave off light, whereas in reality it gave off darkness. The Neo-cubist sculptures on the top are a pristine polished dark marble and contrast wildly with the weather worn granite of the base. I could find little or no history on who is buried here, and I can only guess they were an sculptor or collector of sculpture. While the whole tribute gave off great sadness, there was palpable feeling of love around it as well.
I’ve guessed at the meaning of the three figures and why they are placed in the positions they hold, but it is only a guess. The soul of the body buried here was a person suffering quietly from living in both the past and the future, but now she is free to fly. What do you see and do you see who is watching back from the shadows in the trees?
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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.