Musings of the Artists Mind
I have to admit that I feel strongly that I may have used this shot in a different part of this collection, but I can’t be sure, as I often take a great many similar shots before choosing the one that appeals to me. This one has very little modification done to it, other than allowing for a slight increase in definition and exposure, to pull in the sunlight, more than the colour of the flowers. I’m intrigued as to how I put more focus on the stamen of the flowers and I just can’t remember why. I do find them to be the most expressive part of these blooms.
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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.