Everglades View, 2015, Jo-Ann Sanborn
acrylic on board, 5" x 7"
August is Artistic Inspiration month. I'm not sure if it's a formal designation, but it seems generally accepted among my artist friends. Artists are responding by writing posts and articles about their own artistic inspiration.
Here's my inspiration story:
Although I have painted since my youth and always loved the natural world, it was really my encounter with the Everglades Landscape that changed my life. Suddenly, I fell in love. After more than 20 years my delight with the Florida Landscape continues. I'm still inspired by the simple form of the clouds, palms, water, and ever-changing light of the Florida Everglades.
We can all be inspired by the work of the very special Marjorie Stoneman Douglas. She fell in love with the Everglades, too, and fought until the last year of her life (at 108!) to ensure Everglades protection.
There are many artists I admire and have learned from as my artistic explorations continue. For contemporary artists Wolf Kahn first comes to mind. I love his book Pastels. Even though I'm not a pastel painter, I can open that book to any page and find an idea about painting to ponder to greater depths or to move me to get going at the easel. His colors are fabulous, and his knowledge of how they work together admirable. Wolf Kahn's paintings inspire me to continue to explore color, and to find new ways to both see and interpret the landscape I love.
more to come...Who inspires you this month?