A good friend once told me to write about what I love.

ARTIST: 5 of my Top Inspi­ra­tors

In his life­time he was also often called Il Divi­no (“the divine one”).
Lived and ded­i­cat­ed 88 yrs to pas­sion and art. One of the qual­i­ties most admired by his
con­tem­po­raries was his abil­i­ty to cre­ate a sense of awe-inspir­ing grandeur in his art.
His pas­sion lives on in his art and the many he has inspired like me.

Leonar­do da Vin­ci:
His incred­i­ble imag­i­na­tion, his appetite for inven­tion and his “unquench­able
curios­i­ty” and “fever­ish­ly inven­tive imag­i­na­tion”. Even his Resume is remem­bered
today and held up as an exam­ple to fol­low. His sketch­books are impos­si­ble to look at
with­out being inspired and moti­vat­ed to think and cre­ate. We only got 67 yrs of
his think­ing, what a mind and what an inspi­ra­tion.

Pablo Picas­so:
Gave us 91 yrs of his think­ing. Turn­ing the art world on its head over and over again
dur­ing his life­time. Blue Peri­od, Rose Peri­od, African-influ­enced Peri­od, Cubism,
Clas­si­cism, Sur­re­al­ism and all his lat­er works speak to his ded­i­ca­tion to change.
His sketch­books tell a won­der­ful sto­ry and you can see his think­ing there.
Inspired to change, to exper­i­ment and to take chances.

Sal­vador Dali:
He has the unique abil­i­ty to take unre­lat­ed objects, place them togeth­er in a paint­ing,
give them new mean­ing and tell his own sto­ry.
In his book “50 Secrets of Mag­ic Crafts­man­ship” he states, “the goal of an artist is
to inspire the view­er to ask, How did he do that?” The mys­tery is in the hand and mind
of the artist the answers are always in the work/paintings.
His mys­tery lived with us for 84 yrs.

Andy Warhol:
Pop­ism is the gift he gave us. His abil­i­ty to observe the world around us and present
it as Art, POPART, every­day things we live with, all art of one kind or anoth­er.
His Soup Cans, Elvis, Mary­lyn all speak to his pow­ers of obser­va­tion.
The Fac­to­ry, a research facil­i­ty for his mind. His courage to see things as they are
and present them plain­ly for us to see some­times for the first time, should inspire
all of us to look to the POP for inspi­ra­tion. He gave us 58 yrs and is still giv­ing
us inspi­ra­tion today.

Michelan­ge­lo: Inspires the Pas­sion of Expres­sion
Leonar­do da Vin­ci: Inspires the Imag­i­na­tion
Pablo Picas­so: Inspires the Search for Change
Sal­vador Dali: Inspires the Mys­tery of Thought
Andy Warhol: Inspires the Obser­va­tion of POP CULTURE

Let inspiration flow it is the road that leads to the communication of new ideas.”

David Hop­son

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