April 19, 2010

Inspiration from Paintings

As I had announced in my "Next up"-post here are some thoughts on the inspiration that paintings can supply.
Girl at the Window 4716
This is a monotype by my wife titled "Girl at the Window". And we're lucky with that as my wife seldom gives her images any title at all! She claims that titles influence the perception of an image by the beholder - and she doesn't like that. Well, in this case you can easily see half of a female face "behind" a window dotted with rain, or don't you?

How does this inspire me? A rain-streaked window can indeed be a very strong filter to "abstractify" an otherwise boring subject and reduce it to its main colors and forms. I'll show you an example of that shortly...

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