On Being Insired by Other Artists . . .
As an artist, there is value in looking at other people’s work. This experience can provide us with information and inspiration.
For example, when I was at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, I was inspired by the shape of this painting. I didn’t know that it was possible to paint on a round canvas until I saw this one. I came home immediately and started purchasing and painting on the various sizes of round canvases that I found.
Here is the first round painting that I completed after visiting the gallery.
My niece, Meaghan Hyckie, is an artist who exclusively uses coloured pencil crayons on paper. It is very detailed work as you can see in the photos below.
I was inspired to add pencil crayons to my mixed media art after seeing her work. Pencil crayons are only one of the mixed media in this painting, but it added something that I had never thought to add before seeing her art.
A World Within
This piece of fabric art that I saw at the Museum of Modern Art was very powerful for me. I realized that fabric had a place in art that I hadn’t understood before.
I felt very affirmed by seeing someone create a work of art that was exclusively made of fabric. I had been using threads and bits of fabric in my paintings since I started. Here are my first two paintings.