Musings of the Artists Mind
For years I had no idea what these hideous bugs were, despite hearing them throughout my childhood in the summer as sign of the Montreal heatwaves. It took my wife’s cat to catch one and crunch it down noisily to finally pay attention to them. Now I see them everywhere. Now I see the ugliest bug in my garden, the cicada.
This one, however, was doing something I hadn’t seen before. It was sitting on the deck bannister and seemed to be listening to our conversation, as it moved to face whomever was speaking. It was quite creepy. I started to imaging that maybe it was a spy drone, not a bug.
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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.