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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Tugging on Motivation

Recently some items came back to me after a long absence, they were living in a far away land, one known as Indiana. But now I have them, and most particular to why I am writing, other than the fact that I have not written in a long while, amongst these items were a few books that motivated me, at least when I first got them, to tap further into my ideas, my art. 

The environment, as a whole, has always been at the core of my work, but I have focused a lot on bird and plant life, color, and visual textures. Not that I want to stop with that focus, but I feel a need to explore more of the whole. Also since I treat medium and subject connectively, some subjects lean more to a specific medium than the other, and that sometimes leaves one medium feeling neglected.

I have been trying to get back into the studio, so to speak, the only studio I ever had was through the university where I received my graduate degree, but anyway that is another story... I have been trying to get back to work with more land based, the, "whole," type pieces, more documentation of encaustic as a medium, and well, just to make art in general. Which brings me back to the books. I thought I would share a few images with you that I found to pull at my motivation a little bit. One book is on Indiana geology from 1881, I was attracted to the plates, which include around sixty of them. I have always admired the graphic and design quality, especially with this subject matter.
And from a two volume, 3008 page picture dictionary, where there are endless images to glean ideas from, including odd things I would never relate to a word. And lastly, a book on insects.

As always, thank you for reading.

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