Musings of the Artists Mind
At this point, some of you may be wondering if this nostalgic marbling of my Nono’s peonies is an obsession or overdone pride in my Italian heritage. Well, it may well be both. Like many I know, I have very few clear memories of my childhood and no strong happy feelings about it, other than what comes to my busy mind when I see old photos. I love recapturing that feeling of pure and carefree joy. Also I feel there’s a raw, naive feeling to this composition that brings me back to the painting styles I love so much. In essence, this shot captured happiness for me. I also think it would look awesome on a phone case, don’t you?
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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.