Musings of the Artists Mind
Shot at sunset and with a low-lighting setting, the original was much less vibrant. I played a lot with the exposure, definition, and contrast to pull forth the colours the sun played on these petals as it was setting across its pinkish blue sky. I love how the black of the background filled in the visual noise and allows the flowers to jump out of the shot at us. There’s an aggressiveness in this one that reminds me of the girls at the punk & metal bar’s of my youth. They always shined out of the dark & smoky night and couldn’t ever hide their natural beauty, no matter how much black makeup they put around their bright blue-green eyes, or dyed black hair surrounding their pale alabaster faces.
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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.