Musings of the Artists Mind
I reached deep into the darkness of the thick foliage and saw where the finger of God-light shone. It had found a small plant with pure white flowers. The flowers screamed gratitude for the light that shone on them and they emitted joy and blessings to anyone lucky enough to see them. Their beauty succeeded as a collaboration between the divine sunlight and the viewers surprise. It felt like the love we see between sisters, as they hug and love each other in a cloud of joy at a private joke between them; a Koke no one else will ever know, but always feels infected by the joy of it, expressed by the sisters.
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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.