inspiration – part 2

According to Noah

in·spi·ra·tion Pronunciation: \ˌin(t)-spə-ˈrā-shən
1 a : a divine influence or action on a person believed to qualify him or her
to receive and communicate sacred revelation.
Defined by Connie, Laura, ERICKH, Suzanne, Peggy and Magdalena:

Connie Noyes
, Chicago, IL 
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"I don’t think I can draw a distinction between where my life ends and my art begins" - C. Noyes

“I don’t think I can draw a distinction between where my life ends and my art begins. They are one. What inspires my life also inspires my work. My greatest inspiration is dance/movement.  I have danced my entire life and consequently everything I experience is through my body. I am very physical and consequently my work is very physical.  Often for the viewer when seeing the work live, there is a visceral experience as a result. 

Thoughts, ideas, concepts that are currently (or constantly) finding their way into my work: materials- mundane materials, dynamic relationships, the knowledge that experience is based on perception, presence to the moment, not knowing,  having and holding two dichotomous ideas together in the same space, vulnerability and metaphors of human-ness.” 

Artist: Connie Noyes
Title: In the beginning everything fit together perfectly
Medium: Recycled packing paper, oil, enamel, asphalt, resin on panel, 50 x 50 inches

Laura Barbosa, New Jersey 

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"there is so much me can take from nature" - Laura Barbosa

“My greatest inspiration comes from city life and nature. In the city there is so much going on, from graffiti walls to cool architecture, that it makes for a good painting. People watching is also fascinating and can lead to abstract figures and cubism art. I love color so I like to make a grand composition with different hues to enhance my artwork. Just recently I was inspired by the sun and the moon. The moonlight casting down in the alley of a very urban street with nothing but a garbage can and an old car. Perfect for creating something unique. An abstract cityscape with a raw feel and maybe a cubist human form in the foreground with Batman jumping into the scene. How cool. 

In nature, every creature is fascinating and the colors and patterns from animal fur can be used from realistic portraiture to surreal works of art. There is so much we can take from nature to use in our artwork that every artist could be inspired to create for a lifetime. 

I carry a sketchbook in my bag wherever I go so I can draw new ideas that pop in my head from whatever inspires me in my environment. Daily life is very interesting and fun if we just take the time to look.” 

Artist: Laura Barbosa
Title: UnCanny Valley
Medium: Acrylics and Ink on Canvas, 24″ H x 36″ W x 0.5″ D

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“My inspiration is drawn from the stone, from my sensibilities and from revealing my hidden emotions.”
Artist: ERICKH
Title: Divine
Medium: Marbre Statuaire de Carrara, 23.6 kg 61x32x16 cm

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“Inspiration is an organically evolving thread which builds on the past, is influenced by the present and is filled by the wonder of the unknown future. Artistic inspiration is that elusive element that is different for each person at different points throughout their life.

As an artist, I am inspired in particular by the quirky juxtaposition of a thought, a material, an artistic process and/or a moment that flips my internal sensor toward the next steps.” 

Artist: Suzanne Morlock
Installation: I spun old newspapers into a “yarn” and then knitted the yarn with 1.5″ PVC pipe “needles” — the result of a “moment”. The gallery was an old chapel in France.

Peggy Guichu, Phoenix, AZ 

“I suppose life inspires me.  Daily something will touch me in a way that naturally goes into my paintings.  It’s more of a spiritual, subconscious feeling with always the hope that I’ll learn something on the way.  With non Paul Shampine sculptor sculpture art artist review Paul Shampine small business consultantrepresentational work I can tell a story or evoke an emotion without it being obvious.  If you can’t name it then what is left is the imagination and life experiences that allow a personal interpretation. What I love the most is when someone finds something I didn’t see in my work.  Then I know I’ve done my job.” 

Artist: Peggy Guichu
Title: What We Lost
Medium: Oil on canvas, 24″x36″

Magdalena Brzeskot, Koszalin, Poland 

“On question what inspires me….. I am not able to give a firm answer. My paintings, my whole work comes from inner experiences which last since I was a child.  That is my way to create my private world, which in a moment becomes my therapy … as, I have to admit, working makes me relaxed. Doing it, I feel good and safe. But I am mostly interested in a HUMAN BEING and I psychoanalize them.” 

Artist: Magdalena Brzeskot
Title: Silence 2
Medium: Acrylic on canvas, 103 cm x 73 cm

getting lost…

Every time I travel, I’m reminded of how vast this world is.  When I take a wrong turn (which is often) and find myself far from where I’m destined to be, I see a part of someone else’s small world, just as unique as mine. I like getting lost.

It’s a very intimate question “What inspires your work?” You’ll read some intimate answers from a diverse group of visual artists.  Here are a few of many intimate worlds.

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"I capture shifting perceptions" - Kathryn Arnold

Kathryn Arnold, San Francisco, CA:  “It, my inspiration for creating, began at a young age. Sitting on the front porch of my childhood home in freezing cold, I noticed the deepness and richness of the color of the winter sky and felt alive. I practiced ‘mental photography’ as a way to keep the image fresh in my mind so as not to forget. This grew into wishing to capture and remember an entire moment, the people, the colors, the vivid sensations of the world around me.  This still inspires me. In my work, I capture shifting perceptions as they change and interact moment by moment mixing with my imagination. Within this, ideas and/or images intermingle.”

Artist: Kathryn Arnold, San Francisco, CA
Title: Fish and Dragon
Medium: Oil on stretched canvas, 7′ x 7′

Aliey Ball, artist and founder of  a fresh water initiative in Melbourne, Australia:
“My work explores the human/nature relationship. I’m a firm believer that humans are “natural”, including our technologies and built environments – though it seems we have forgotten this.  I am passionate about freshwater systems, geology, palaeontology, deep ecology and living systems. Notions of “place” and the phenomenology of space are of great interest to me.

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Finalist in this year's Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition, Yarra Glen, Australia

My latest work “Cabal” is a meditation on symbiotic alliances, tran-species affiliations and co-evolution. Composed of four elements, each with orifice and phallus, facilitating interconnectedness toward an emergent structure – a Cabal.”

Artist: Aliey Ball, Melbourne, Australia
Title: Cabal
Medium: Modified gypsum, glass fibres and paint, 900 x 800 x 580 mm

Artist and writer, Christine Walker, Sonoma County, CA:

“The garden outside my studio walls inspires myPaul Shampine Blog Sculpture Outdoor Sculpture art artist reviewpaintings. From it I pluck a reference palette—petals, leaves, pods, grasses. In the studio, I follow forms and colors until the painting or something—music, memory, currents of feelings and thoughts—suggests the next move. I make marks with brush and hands, sticks and garden tools, investigating nature’s vocabulary, while seeking resonance with an inner landscape.”

Artist: Christine Walker, Sonoma, CA
Title: Come to Me
Medium: Oil on canvas, 52″x44″

Diana Chelaru, Torino, Italy



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"unfold expressively those feelings within myself" - Chelaru

“What inspires my work… is my life and everything that surrounds me. I know sounds like a cliche but thats what it is. For me, art is a means of communications. It is how I express my thoughts, hopes, regrets and joys. Paintings are for me another way of expressing my feelings. Although I often gain great pleasure from the process of painting, it is most important to unfold expressively those feelings within myself. My work uses a visual language of form, color and line to create a composition which exists independently of visual references to the world. In my work I always emphasize on the color as a significant and unifying element. The color helps me create a world that’s at once eerie and alluring, a world that exists only in ones imagination. My art doesn’t speak to the intellect but to the soul and to the feelings.”

Artist: Diana Chelaru
Title: Getting Together, 28”x23″

Miya Ando, Brooklyn, NY

Paul Shampine Blog Sculpture Outdoor Sculpture art artist review“i think a lot about intention with regard to the works- i am inspired by introspection, quietude, solitude, finding harmony and balance as we find in nature”

Artist: Miya Ando, Brooklyn, NY
Title: luminous transcendent [meditation 33.1]
Medium: steel, patina, phosphoresence, automotive lacquer, 36”x36″





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I was a busy kid...

It started when I was about 4.  I saw my Father using a screwdriver. Moments later, I had the back off an old antique radio, surgically removing wires, bulbs, and capacitors to see how it worked.  Unfortunately, it didn’t after that….sorry Dad.  If you ever wondered where the phrase “If it’s not broken, don’t try to fix it!” came from…well, it came from my Dad.  Let’s just say, I’ve created a lot of spare parts over the last 30+ years.   Anyway, my fascination continues…but with people.  I’m intrigued by individuals who possess extreme talent.  Whether a writer, athlete, engineer, a Mother or…an artist, I admire the discovery of that talent and the application.

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My Grandfather's tools.

Although art is open for self-interpretation, I’m always interested in what the artist’s message is, their motivation, their “intention” as one artist put it and their inspiration.  So, I asked.  Over the next couple of weeks, I will be posting feedback from a wide range of artists from all over the world on “What inspires your work?”  More to come…

It’s My way…the Wright way….

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Back terrace @ The Knob, dinning table-center right, Chalk Hill, PA

Where would our environment be today if more stewards of our landscape were equally “organic” minded as Frank Lloyd Wright? As an icon who respected nature, I have great admiration for Wright, who was one of the most innovative forward-thinking world architects of his time.  When viewing Wright’s creations last week, I was fortunate to visit Kentuck Knob (Fallingwater was closed for the day!) and I had to remind myself, as I often do, that his mark took place in the early 1900’s.   I visited the Martin summer home (Graycliff) in Buffalo last year and I’m hoping to view a few creations in Chicago sometime in August.

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Found in little Frank's crib - circa 1867

I’m not one for “tours” but I thoroughly enjoyed both guides at the Knob (his last house project, 1956) and Graycliff (built between 1926 and 1931).  Tours there are necessary because otherwise, you’d feel like you were viewing a futuristic design, instead of something that was constructed more than 50 years ago.  A few themes found there, which are not-so-common in today’s design terms, are ones which work with nature’s space and its elements.  A portion of the Knob (bedroom) is built within a ledge to work with the landscape’s natural lines and to provide a cozy and temperature-friendly zone.  Graycliff’s, aka “The Jewel on the Lake,” (Lake Erie) free flow design gives you a dichotomic feeling of a secure Fort Knox, as the open airiness of a large tree house allows for a full view and that rare, up-close-and-personal encounter with nature.

Another common theme of Wright was his dictatorial and uni-design mindset. Wright’s clients had little to no say regarding his design elements.   Any spacial or structural suggestions by clients were rarely entertained.  Few of today’s graphic artist/designers (and I consider Wright a true artist) have the luxury of such close-minded dictatorship when working with a “client.”  From my experience as a CEO of a media company, the most challenging

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element is managing the desires and passions of creative minds and the vision of a client.  “Working artists,” or artists that are paid for their creativity, need to develop a special place, a neutral creative zone where they strike that unique balance between their vision/passion and the “paid” vision of the client.    The more talented and the more creative an artist is, the more challenging that balance is to find.

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I'm the cowboy on the right.

As I continue to discover my own path, paving a pilgrimage to find a vocation that suits me for when I grow up, I will enjoy getting close, getting a glimpse, and studying the extreme talents of the Wright’s and Wrong’s of the world.  I

look forward to my Chicago trip for more Wright.     Some Wright sites:

What do Warhol, a petticoat, a meteorite and a skunk have in common? The Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT of course.

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“People should fall in love with their eyes closed.” — Andy Warhol
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I agree Andy!

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My trek to the Bruce Museum was largely motivated by the Evolution of the Natural World exhibit.  Since my sculpture is largely inspired by nature and its forms, the thought of million year-old fossils, priceless pre-Paleozoic specimens and AC that you can refrigerate meat in was the draw for me.

I’m not a big fan of Mr. Warhola (birth name) aka the “Prince of Pop” and that “Campbell soup guy,” but with comments of “I like money” and “If one is good, more must be better,” I guess I have to respect his capitalism.  The one-room Flowers, 1974 exhibit containing 20 prints was a typical example of Andy’s work….simple floral sketched line work (traced from projected wallpaper images) followed by repetitive prints with added pastel-like watercolor.

The artistry, talent and presentation moves to the Dressmaker’s Art Collection. Having only sewn a few buttons myself, I was very impressed with the attention to detail and designs.   Viewing the work up-close-and-personal gave you a great sense of the high-end early 19th-century attire which included 20+ pieces covering a 100-year timeline.

Continuing on the visual roller coaster, I slid over to the Eat or Be Eaten: Animal Survival Strategies exhibit and saved the best for last, Evolution of the Natural World.  Both exhibits are well presented with great specimens followed by succinct educational snippets.   It proved to be a great resource for some science and natural history knowledge without feeling like you needed a PHD in the Sciences to understand.  Personally, it did provide me with some great imagery for some needed inspiration.

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So, was it worth $7?  Absolutely.
Best, Paul
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