Friday, February 24, 2012

In Need Of Inspiration


When at an impasse, look at the work of masters. (Irwin Greenberg)

At a loss for what to do next. You know that point where you have little to no inspiration but you still want to paint and you keep starting stuff only to walk away from it and throw it in the pile of things you'll get to one day. Yeah, that's where I'm at.

I wish I had the time to go to a museum. As a student I would visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City at least twice a month. There were rooms dedicated to certain masters that I always returned to. Rembrandt, Rubens, Tiepolo, Sargent, Homer and then I would spend time looking here and there until my legs were tired from all the walking and I would then go to browse their bookstore. I bought a lot of books over the years and that's usually where I go to for inspiration now. I would spend time flipping the pages and looking through the reproductions in the books. Its not better than seeing the actual work but it helps a lot to remind me of the types of images that I enjoy, the works of artists that inspire me. I like paintings, I love art, looking at it makes me want to be creative too. However smaller, much meeker, my efforts are at least I get to share in this fellowship with artist past and present. Through art, mysterious bonds of understanding and of knowledge are established among men. They are the bonds of a great Brotherhood. Those who are of the Brotherhood know each other, and time and space cannot separate them. (Robert Henri)

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