Saturday, August 6, 2011

How are you inspired?

Inspiration can be readily found, safely tucked away in fine museums all around the world. Like this fine terra cotta figure I discovered while wandering the nooks and crannies of the British Museum, or even the small painted wooden figure I admired at the V & A. I thought the security guards were going to escort me out the door because I was spending so much time staring, photographing and sketching the treasures. One guard even came up to the case where I was drooling over one piece, grabbed the corner of it and gave it a firm shake as if testing the strength and then walked away.

I thought to myself "what's up with that?" You mean not everyone takes 342 photos of one terra cotta form? Okay, maybe I was a bit art crazed but when you see something that inspires you take a picture, make a sketch and take it back to the studio and see how it can influence your art.

But if you can't make it to a museum, remember to look at the ordinary. Perhaps it's moss growing on a wall or the way sunlight falls on an object. See the beauty around you. But beware, somebody might call security. Happy Saturday.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Art Doll Quarterly Fall 2011 Issue

I am proud to say that I am the featured artist for the fall 2011 Art Doll Quarterly magazine and it is available on new stands now. Head out to your nearest Barnes and Noble, W. H. Smith, Borders, Books a Million or where ever and pick up a copy and take a look. Where Dreams and Memories Merge is the title of the story written about me by the ever fabulous Rïce Freeman Zachary. If you haven't visited her web site do, and yes she is as happy, sweet and wonderful as she appears to be.

I have included the image of the fall issues table of contents to this blog entry. You can also visit the Stampington/ Art Doll Quarterly web site to order a copy for $14.99 (USD). You'll also have to buy Spring 2012 issue of Art Doll Quarterly because I have written a step-by-step tutorial on sculpting a figure from terra cotta clay. So watch my blog and facebook for more information when that issue is available.