Musings of the Artists Mind
No matter how much rain falls on this flower, it remains solid. The petals feel like stiff plastic in the dry sun and don’t loose their rigidity in the rain or when I water them. They are strong and present. I needed to give them a place in the frame where they could inspire the viewer with their strength. I happened to catch this one in front of a Japanese maple and it contrasted beautifully with the Burgundy leaves. I love the resilience of this flower and amazingly, it is a weed that I didn’t plant, it just showed up. I’ve been looking for more of them this year.
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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.