Where Have You Been, Mary Ann?

Where Have You Been, Mary Ann

Musings of the Artists Mind

You can see that I had to manipulate this image quite a bit to show the name on the nearly buried stone. It was only a little clearer to the naked eye, but try as I might, I couldn’t catch a clear shot. There remained a ghostly film over the stone blurring it. I wanted to get this curiosity on film, especially since this tombstone is much older than the cemetary it is in. I wondered where they may have come from originally and what the story behind their journey could be. I couldn’t find anything on my original Google search and decided to leave it to the imagination. The further mystery is that there are no stones near this one with the same family name on it. Why do you think they moved them and where do you think they came from? 

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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. 


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