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Influences and Inspiration

Below are examples of artwork from the past and present, antique and contemporary, that especially appeal to me. I think it’s important to have influences, and even more important to be aware of what they are.

Above from left to right – Death the Bride by Thomas Cooper Gotch, Memento Mori by Tom Bagshaw. Bagshaw’s halo in the above piece reminds me of details from Paul Delaroche’s paintings dealing with the subject of death. Bagshaw’s work is an example of what painterly effects can be achieved through digital media.

Drained by Lori Earley, The Sleepwalker by Maxmilián Pirner.

Daphne by Hubert von Herkomer, You Don’t Sing to Me Anymore by Caryn Drexl. Caryn is a very talented contemporary photographer who I wished lived near me so I could collaborate with her!

La nuit by Auguste Raynaud, Evening Mood by Bougereau, The Morning Star and the Moon by Carl Schweininger. It’s pretty clear that I am a sucker for floating bodies and gauzy vapor and/or fabric.

Below are some links to some sites that sustain me a bit, especially when it comes to breaking down the process and solving technical issues. Though I have to be careful not to let myself get too sucked into reading about painting and drawing rather than actually doing it.


Paintings Stuff to Look Like Stuff

Portraits of Painters

DG Oil Painting Techniques

David Kassan

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Never Was-es – Concepting Mishaps

Image heavy with concept photos I’ve taken before I really knew what I needed out of a photograph. These are all born out of ambition, ignorance and the good humor of models(specifically here Mary and Kayla) kind enough to work with me…

I’m clearly taken with the idea of ectoplasm.

Some of the shots from these shoots could have become the basis of an interesting composition except for mistakes and overestimating my own ability to invent. I am not capable, not yet, of figuring out what the eff is going on with with their mouths in some of the pictures. If I had been smart I would have taken pictures of them in the same pose but sans the plastic wrap/cheese cloth/tulle floating out of their mouths.

Some of the angles are awkward as well. I tend to dislike paintings done from the perspective only a camera could capture yet I’ve find myself making that mistake over and over again.

Then add in my lack of interest in using a camera correctly and not understanding what type of lighting I would need to give me enough information to paint from.

I’m sharing these to explain my process a bit but also because I simply find the above photos interesting.