Musings of the Artists Mind
The closer I zoomed in on this flower the more it looked like a colour bloom in a sheet of marble. These flowers are fragile and the petals so very thin, one can almost see through them. I felt it needed to be made more solid and permanent. Like marble, it is both remarkably strong and fragile at the same time. I filled the frame with this one flower and added a marbling effect to it give what I felt to the viewer. Even though the background appear like marble, the foreground looks more defined and realistic. I love this contrast in the same shot. Because the flower was so vibrant in the natural sunlight, I had to lessen the colour saturation to get the cloudy marble just as I wanted it.
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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.