Musings of the Artists Mind
In early Spring I went to the dollar store and saw a bag labelled “Various Flowers”. The image on the packaging offered blooms in every size, shape, and colour possible, so I took a leap of faith and bought a bunch of them. I had every doubt that they would be as indicated on the picture, but I had faith that something would grow and I had an available patch in my garden perfect for flowers. June & July passed by without a single bloom showing its face, but loads of weedy looking greens grew. Then in early August, a Little Shop of Horrors type bud formed at the end of a spindly weed and stayed a few days deciding if it wanted to be orange or yellow, before opening fully into this sunny blossom. This one only stayed two days before wilting and leaving room for the next beauty to follow the same blooming process. There were five in total and they haven’t shown their light again.
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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.