What Inspires and Influences You As An Artist?
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Saturday, April 18, 2020
By Gizara Arts
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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 PicassoI 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).[1] 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 (ItalianDuomo 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!



Leave a comment:
Lisa Gizara - Yes, mothers are angels on earth!
Hyacinth Paul - Nice piece. Isnt it wonderful that is is our mothers who instilled the love of art!
BJ Yost - Oops, I meant to write 1970 instead of 2070.
BJ Yost - This blog really took me back. I was in school at North Central College in Naperville, IL when The Picasso arrived in Chicago. It caused quite a stir and as I remember, Mayor Daley was not a fan. I have always loved it, though! I have only been back to Chicagoland four times since moving to Denver in 207o. Thank you for the memory and the sense of kinship that comes when inspiration is shared.
Jill - This was such a lovely post ~ I enjoyed reading it and the comments ^__^** It also made me think about my own inspirations and influences ~ it's good to stop and think and remember this once in a while, I think <3 I guess for me it's Renaissance art and children's books and cartoons and comics video games ~ the "problem" is I got so much exposure to the art and culture of other countries that I got alienated from the art and culture of my own. I'm glad to have read your post ~ thank you so much for sharing ^__^**
Lisa Gizara - Thanks so much for your comment Carlynne. It is so interesting to look back and realize what artists have inspired us and helped us on our journeys as creative beings.

Best, Lisa
Carlynne Hershberger - There have been so many inspirations over the years it's hard to narrow it down but one that stands out for me was in 1997. I was in Chicago for an art exhibition and during my stay I went to the Terra Museum. At the time they were exhibiting NC Wyeth's work. I had seen his work on the cover of books but nothing can prepare you for the scale and color when you see them in person. They were stunningingly beautiful, very large and the colors just glowed.
Nice post. Thanks for sharing.
Lisa Gizara - Our mothers were amazing! To explain the unexplainable to us! Thanks for sharing Brainard-

Brainard - I love this, and how your mother explained Picasso - the first work of art that inspired me was a colorful one by Josef Albers, it was an homage to the square, and my mother explained to me, when I was about 16 years old, that if you look closely you could see things happening at the edges, optical illusions, and I was fascinated and couldn’t stop looking, it opened up a whole new world for me.