Peony Hawaii

Peone Hawaii

Musings of the Artists Mind

This peony is an heirloom flower in the truest sense. It comes from my grandfather’s garden and this particular plant is now close to one hundred years old. The flowers come back every year and every year we catch one or two so beautiful it makes you travel the world in your mind searching for similar colours and hues. This one brought me to Hawaii, like it was some hybrid orchid and hibiscus flower, that demands the sun to kiss it as it poses for the master to paint its portrait. 

By the way, these flowers really are this beautiful, but you almost have to camp in front of them for several days in mid-June to catch them. Then you can catch the shooting-star beauty in these blooms. 

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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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