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What inspires you?
What inspires you?
I am curious ... I keep thinking about this. What inspires a person and moves them to acquire a piece of artwork? For me personally it needs to offer a positive vibe - I am not drawn to process pieces with angst behind them for instance. I like something uplifting and emotive and oddly enough prefer black and white or very subtle color schemes, or vibrant simple color schemes. If you feel like it head over to comment (www.facebook.com/AngelaDealMeanix.ColorAndForm) or leave one here. I am trying to build my collection of artwork aside from my own and always find it to be an interesting process - noticing what I must have immediately vs. what appeals to me, but ISN'T a must have.

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Jacqueline Maldonado commented on April 13, 2012 11:37am
So many things inspire me to create - emotion, music, nature, textiles, vintage ephemera... I guess that is why my creations and also my taste in art is very ecclectic. I appreciate so many art forms and styles/genres. I guess that's why I love this community here! Great conversation to start, Angela!
angela deal meanix commented on April 13, 2012 12:50pm
Hi Jacqueline! Thanks ... I felt a little corny asking but I am genuinely curious. So I see what inspires you to create what do you look for when buying art? Same things?
Jacqueline Maldonado commented on April 13, 2012 1:41pm
It is the same with buying art too. Although, I tend to be drawn to abstraction. I love work that I don't 'get' right away, work that leaves itself open for mystery. I like to ponder, meditate on a work, trying to figure it out. I guess I like a beautiful challenge! I like to be able to revisit it and see or feel something new depending on my life's circumstances. I love when a work of art 'grows' with me. I also have to add that color is a major factor as well. I love work that explores color relationships as well.
angela deal meanix commented on April 13, 2012 2:00pm
I like that ... I enjoy work that isn't spelled out for me, as well. Although it doesn't have to be completely abstract, I at least like it to infer things that perhaps only I pick up from it based on composition and subject matter. Thanks for the comments Jacqueline:)
Wayne Edson Bryan commented on April 13, 2012 3:32pm
I collect folk art (aka "Outsider art") and go on road trips to find people that have the creative jones, yet don't exhibit or promote their work like we do. Because they make art for the shear joy of it without any regard for selling, I find their work exudes a heightened passion for the process and a sincere quality that is heartwarming.
angela deal meanix commented on April 13, 2012 3:59pm
That's neat Wayne~i always have mixed feelings about promoting my artwork and enjoy giving it to the right person or trading. That's an adventurous way to collect ~ you must meet some interesting folks in the process.
Wayne Edson Bryan commented on April 13, 2012 4:14pm
The last piece that I purchased was from an artist named Vollis Simpson who makes enormous whirligigs. You can actually find him on the internet. He's a "real character" and a very humble & nice man who works in a delapadated shed in the backwoods of North Carolina. Curators that specialize in visionary art have been a resource in helping me track these old guys down.
Catherine Holcombe commented on April 13, 2012 4:14pm
Angela, that is such an interesting question. I have to say that there is almost no time that I am not thinking about art and finding constant inspiration. I am a very visual person. I am easily distracted by visual stimulus. I sort of take it in, take it in....then one day I wake up at 4 in the morning and I know what I have to do. The challenge for me is sorting through the inspiration. I tend to "collect" things that I think may be useful later...pictures of flowers, books of birds, butterflies, bits of fabric, maps, stamps, photos, magazines....you see the problem? I dream of a studio that is completely organized and categorized! I look forward to reading what inspires other.
Catherine Holcombe commented on April 13, 2012 4:17pm
As far as looking at and buying art, I am drawn increasingly to more emotional images that tell an interesting story, as I get older....but I will probably never make angst filled images ;-)
Heather Goodwind commented on April 13, 2012 6:23pm
I think I go for emotional pieces as well, in fact, I've found that I have a thing for self-taught artists because I often find out after falling in love with a particular work that the artist is "untrained" (and like Wayne, I love "outsider" art as well). And I'm usually more into lines than color, though I think that's changing a bit lately as I'm trying to experiment more with color myself.
inourgardentoo commented on April 13, 2012 6:32pm
I really like art that is calming and pensive and has a lot in it to grow to understand. Like viewing a piece one day and seeing something totally different in it the next. I like when the artist leaves a lot for ME to think about and imagine. Since I'm a flower gardener, I tend to gravitate toward florals, greens and browns and anything earthy, but also love rich intensity of amazing color. Frau-Bella's works, for instance, totally inspire me with the saturation of colors in her photography. And Geoffrey Agrons' moody photos move me to a very deep thoughtful place. I am pretty much open to ANYthing and am discovering incredibly talented people here at society6 every day! So proud to be among them!! : )
angela deal meanix commented on April 14, 2012 8:47am
Hey thanks for the great comments! Catherine I am like that in a lot of ways ... visually distracted. The sensitivity can be a little overwhelming, but that's neat how you absorb it and seem to come up with a way of pulling it all together subconsciously. I agree with you Heather ... the more formal the training I find the less I am drawn to it. I love children's work especially as it is raw and unassuming. Inourgardentoo ... I know what you are saying. The level of talent on here is amazing and the community is so incredibly supportive. I have purchased from a couple of artists on here ... two things I never thought I'd be drawn to - digital art (which I've grown to appreciate) and black and white images. I too love Geoffrey's work. Thanks for the conversation all ... happy creating and buying!