The nose knows something, but will the boys figure it out?
In the latest video, I talk about reference as a way to improve art, but this weekend I re-discovered a source of inspiration for art.
Cory & I took a mini-vacation to Manitou Springs, Colorado. While there, we visited cliff dwellings so I could get reference photos for future locations. Afterwards we stopped at the gift shop, and on the shelves were a series of children books.
When I was a child, some of my favorite books were about Native American legends. I lost those books in a fire, and I haven’t found them since. And there, sitting on the shelves, was a whole stack of them. I nearly broke down in tears at the store. My hands were shaking as I snatched them all up. It cost a pretty penny, but I didn’t care.
One of them I remembered loving as a child, but I didn’t recall much about the contents, just the images. It’s called “The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush.” It’s a story about a young boy that was different than the other children in his village, but when he got his dream vision, he was given the mission to paint the colors of the sunset. He dedicated himself to his work, but the colors were never bright enough, never right. Still, he stayed dedicated to his task, even though sometimes he yearned to join the other boys in hunting. At last, because he never faltered in his task, he was rewarded with a gift of pure pigments, bright enough to capture the colors of the sky.
Ever re-discover an old inspiration? What was it? How did it inspire you?