To read or not to read them...do they help or hinder? Do they give me inspiration or make me feel like giving up because I've gotten such a late start and feel that I don't have enough time?
What's your take on them? Which ones are your favorites that you couldn't do without?
Whatever it is, my friend Nick Simmons clued me in on a British artist, David Poxon, who just happens to have a nice feature spread in the latest (October 2010) Watercolor Artist magazine. (The magazine has a lot of good stuff, including an article I really enjoyed about Aussie artist Charles Sluga).
Mr. Poxon paints old wooden doors, rusty hinges and railroad ties, old pots and pieces of metal that have been weathered for years. He is making a statement about the industrial aspects of life and how they are fading, rusting away. Looking at his paintings, you'd think, "Great color, beautifully rendered textured pieces." He wants you to connect with the souls of the things he paints...those things that are fading away (so isn't it good that he's saving them for us in his paintings).
Mr. Poxon is a late bloomer, too. Although he wanted to be an artist for decades, he spent his years doing something else for someone else and didn't go full force into painting until his retirement. (So many artists have taken this well-worn path after raising a family, retiring from a career, etc.) David is now getting the recognition he deserves and switches from painting larger paintings (27" x 36") to doing smaller ones of 12" x 12" (for the break they give him after completing a large one).
I was disappointed that the writer of the article didn't list David's URL so we can go and see more but I'll give it to you here...
Go visit and enjoy, unless you're of the belief that you shouldn't view others' work all the time because it influences your own too much :) I waffle back and forth between thinking both ways, and cannot make up my mind if it's a good thing or a bad thing to surround myself with artwork from others (in paintings I have on my walls, in magazines and on blogs I visit).