Artistic Inspiration: Then and Now



Vgw_blog_badge_october_400pxI am so excited to be a part of the Virtual Gallery Walk with some amazing artists!  When I was asked to be a part by Liz Hicks I immediately thought of the artist who I feel greatly impacted by… Theodor Seuss Geisel aka Dr. Seuss.  One thing we have in common is doodling.  I doodle on everything and when I found I could include that in my art I felt it found a home and had purpose.  While he was living his art was rarely shared.  He dreamed of being featured in art galleries (I have the same dream!) and that came true thanks to his wife who carried out his wishes after he died (kinda hoping this happens before I am dead ♥).

I am lucky in that many pieces of his art are featured locally as he resided in La Jolla, CA so I can visit art galleries and study his pieces.  Thank you to his wife for making that possible! I very much live by the quotes from books such as "Oh the Places You'll Go!"

 

“You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So . . . get on your way!”

I am happy to share some pieces of my own art that I feel had that Dr. Seuss influences……from my art journal:

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I created this card using one of my favorite Dr. Seuss quotes…..

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Once I saw this piece at www.drseussart.com I loved the the whimsical style and vivid colors characteristic of Dr. Seuss…

 
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So I created this handpainted card with another of my personal favorite quotes that can be given and/or framed!

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My childhhood artist inspiratons were Walt Disney, Lewis Carol and Dr. Suess.  Today he continues to inspire me by his words and courage to create what speaks to you!!  It has taken me a long time (42 years) to embrace my uniqueness and gifts while his lessons were so simple and in every book I read…

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Being an artist means embracing your uniqueness and not being afraid to share.  Art can put us out there where we are raw and vulnerable.  There is comparing and competing…when really there is just what is within you.  How does your art speak to you and for you?  How does it express your uniqueness?  I strive to answer those questions every day….embrace YOU!

Thank you for stopping by.  I am honored to be a featured Artist!  Today's feature artists are:

Kathy Cano-Murillo and (ME) Tracy Weinzapfel

 

Please make sure to stop by every artist's website with the links below: 

October 1 - Liz Hicks and Jen Cushman

October 2  – Kathy Cano-Murillo and (ME) Tracy Weinzapfel

October 3 – Catherine Matthews-Scanlon and Martha Richardson

October 4 – Camille McClelland and Jamie Dougherty

October 5 Jamie Dougherty and Cheryl Waters

 

Thank you Liz for asking me to be a part of this Virtual Gallery Walk.  It really got me thinking about my art and the thanks I have to artists before me.  Oh how I wish I had the opportunity to thank Dr. Seuss for inspiring me.  I feel today by participating in this Virtual Gallery I am able to do that.  I hope as you see his books you will take a second look at his art and see how it inspires you!

Tracy

“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.” ~ Dr. Seuss

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