Musings of the Artists Mind
These are from my hundred year old family heirloom peonies and I wanted to make them look like an old family Polaroid picture: grainy, scratched, slightly over-exposed, retro. This perspective that includes a street and houses in the background add to that feel. The amazing modern dilemma is the absence of children in playing in the frame. There are none in the street these days. It made me feel sad to have no kids there and I waited awhile for some to at least ride by, but none came on this gloriously sunny day. Maybe the nostalgia is incomplete, but it still feel nostalgic to me. I am moved by this pink, and that is probably because I’ve grown up with this plant, from my infancy in my Nono’s garden to my parent’s garden, to mine in many homes. I love this plant.
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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.