The Dragon’s Eye

The Dragon's Eye

Musings of the Artists Mind

The immense beast is awakening after eons of sleep; eyes junky with time and its skin dry like tree bark. The eye opens slowly and we see the empty void of death that is about to take flight once again. What have we disturbed from its peaceful sleep?

Everything about this tree looks dragon like. The moss and molds growing on the back lend the iridescence of scales to the skin, the spider webs over this knot give a glimmer to the eye as it awakens, and the directions of the cracks in the bark give it more facial features. 

Did imagination find a dragon in this tree or did trees like this create the legends of dragons? 

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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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