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Have you ever picked up someone else’s glasses and tried them on? I did it all the time when I was a kid. I’d grab my mothers glasses and usually end up falling down because I couldn’t see through them, even though they were meant to improve vision. I had a hard time understanding that as a child, and even as a young adult. That was her vision, not mine. The same thing applies for inspiration.
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Inspiration can come from many sources: Nature, food, colors, animals, clothing…I could go on, but you get the idea. Two people can look at the same sky and see two completely different shapes in the clouds. They might see a dolphin, while you see an alligator. Art is one the few things that are unique to each person. Different eyes see things differently. Let what you see dictate what inspires you.
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Ancient Egyptians were influenced by their beliefs and daily lives. They drew characters on cave walls and papyrus to express themselves. While it may seem like a bunch of stick figures and symbols, there was a meaning to it. The colors, the way the bodies are positioned, and even the animals had a purpose to the art. It was a time when there were no colored paints or pencils. They used what they had, when they had it, and they did it where they could. Don’t tell yourself you can’t paint a sky because you only have purple paint. Use your vision, not someone else’s.
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When Grant Wood created “American Gothic” his inspiration was simply a house. He saw it and decided to paint the folks that he thought should live in such a house. Wood used his sister to model the woman, and his dentist as the image of the man. What he saw as appreciation, others saw as mockery. Is this an accurate depiction of the people who live in that home? We may never know. What we do know, is that Grant Wood saw something through his own eyes that others couldn’t see.