Musings of the Artists Mind
These tissue thin fragilities look as if they went through a hail storm. The petals look like paper, weatherworn and aged. Yet, the plant remains standing tall and the stems unbroken; defiant and proud, beautifully powerful. I chose to antique the shot to remove the obvious browning of the tears in the flowers and to give the whole image a feeling of age, thinner than decay. Like a great many well made things, they show age, but don’t look weak and beyond use. These lovely flowers screamed “We’re still here!”
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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.