Musings of the Artists Mind
Here’s another example of things with minds of their own in the St-James Cemetary. I was trying to capture the roots of this tree and this little blue flower kept popping its head in from of my camera lens. The camera was focused on the tree as you can see, so we get the ghostly figment of the flower. The funny thing is that when I tried to focus on the flower for its own shot, I couldn’t. It kept blurring out of focus. I’m convinced this burial ground is filled with ghost and some like to play tricks on the visitors.
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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.