The work at Providence Art Club came down this weekend. During the show's run, I was asked, "Where did you come up with…" often enough that it felt like the right time to share what inspired me.
Frederic Remington, The Stampede, 27 x 40, oil on canvas, 1908
image from Tulsa's Gilcrease Museum
This Remington was one of my favorite pictures when I was a kid and lived out West and wanted to be Pecos Bill – and remains one to this day. More of his late nocturnes – his best work – can be seen in Frederic Remington:The Color of Night. Great reproductions & even a section on his palette.
2 filmmakers: Andrei Tarkovsky (Solaris, Andrei Rublev, and The Mirror.) and Akira Kurosawa (inc. The Lower Depths, below, which very specifically helped salvage my Brawlers drawing.) Not everyone's cup of tea- long sequences of silence or little movement, distant shots, slow panning, subtitles, often in black and white…but magic.
The photography of Ansel Adams and Paul Strand.
The books of Barry Lopez (About This Life) and Rick Bass (The Hermit's Story, The Lives of Rocks) as well as Junichiro Tanizaki's In Praise of Shadows.
OK, the book report's done – Back to the daily study posts tomorrow – 'nuff said.
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