Squares on a wall? Forms in a space? Dangling from above? Light and shape chatting with you?
Looking at art, I believe, places the person in a mode of learning that has a quiet process attached to the realm of Community. You're aware subconsciously when you view art, there are many others that engaged in the same. You may be the only person in the room, but you aren't alone. We connect through art. Our brains cells compete with each other. Frolic or console, ourselves like to see how somebody else is thinking.
|Self Portrait at the Easel, Rembrandt, 1660|
Learning about art, my inspiration began with Rembrandt, 1606~1669. More than any other artist, for many years, he stands out as the one I felt guided by. Renoir in high school, Durer in college, and Van Gogh onward until returning to college many years into adulthood when I began learning more about American artists. I still like Van Gogh (even though his popularity feels strained). A book of Durer's drawings is the art book I look at most often.
|By the Water (Near the Lake), 1880, Pierre-Auguste Renoir|
Renoir's sparkling sunlight and story telling painting makes him still a favorite. I also just like the name Renoir. It has a classy flare to it. Impressionism isn't as difficult to achieve as realism. Thus, when setting out painting that genre felt accessible to me.
Copying in the 19th Century, I believe, was an important and often used way of learning how to be an artist. Today, copying is cringe worthy... enter the Internet copy and paste works without permission that aren't in the public domain like those posted here.
What artists first inspired you? Have they changed over the years?