What Inspires you and as Influences you as an Artist?
Please feel free to post your inspirations in the comment section of this blog! Here are my inspirations:
The very first piece of modern art that inspired me as a child was Chicago Picasso. I was only 8 at the time, and I had never been dwarfed by a sculpture, and one that was abstract in nature. My mother patiently described Picasso's work to me and said "Not everything has to look exactly as it does in real life. All things are open to interpretation and inspire artists to make new things."
"The Chicago Picasso (often just The Picasso) is an untitled monumental sculpture by Pablo Picasso in Chicago, Illinois. The sculpture, dedicated on August 15, 1967, in Daley Plaza in the Chicago Loop, is 50 feet (15.2 m) tall and weighs 162 short tons (147 t). The Cubist sculpture by Picasso was the first such major public artwork in Downtown Chicago, and has become a well-known landmark."
A painting that mesmerizes me to this day is George Inness' Sunset, Montclair, 1892. As I stood transfixed by the painting, I could actually feel the heat of the setting sun as it turns golden and melted into the landscape. I saw this painting for the first time at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC when I was just graduating from art school. It was a retrospective of the American painter, who was a part of the Hudson River School. But he took his expression a step further into the realm of painting best known as Romantic Realism. He leaves many things un-painted and obscured which imbues a feeling of mystery and magic into his moody landscape paintings.
I used to be a realistic painter of New England Landscapes- but I have been an abstract painter now for over 30 years. My favorite painter is Joan Mitchell, and her painting East Ninth Street- 1956. This painting's explosion of color and frantic, yet intentional brush strokes embodies what I would like to achieve with my abstract landscape paintings. I study her fantastic and expressionistic paintings often- they help me loosen up my own compositions and remind me to trust my own process and creative expressions.
I traveled to Italy many years ago and wandered into the town of Orvieto- just north of Rome. In the center of town is the Orvieto Duomo: The Orvieto Cathedral Literally Took My Breath Away! The entire front facade of the cathedral is adorned with an ornate mosaic of tiny tiles. And imbued into the mosaic are tiles made of pure gold. The church faces west and as the sun sets, the pieces of gold reflect back the golden light of the sun inviting everyone to come and see its magnificence. It is truly breathtaking. I wandered inside on a hots summer day and settled in a pew, my skin feeling cool in moments in the hushed stillness. It took me a very long tome to take in all of the beauty. I think I sat for an hour, as time stood still. I marveled at all of the people that must have come together to create such beautiful piece of history.
"Orvieto Cathedral (Italian: Duomo di Orvieto; Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta) is a large 14th-century Roman Catholic cathedral dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and situated in the town of Orvieto in Umbria, central Italy. Since 1986, the cathedral in Orvieto has been the episcopal seat of the former Diocese of Todi as well."
Ultimately, and most consistently, the beauty of nature inspires me. I find beauty in light, in trees, in the clouds every day. I have put one of my abstract landscapes as the last photo here it's part of The Cosmos Series. Please feel free to share what inspires you too!