• Inspiration From Inside Europe!

    Inspiration From Inside Europe!

    One thing I am most grateful for is that I made the decision to travel so much in my teens and twenties. Exploring countries on the other side of the world gave me a new perspective and makes me feel more connected to our earth and people everywhere. 

    My art has been inspired by places I've visited, and I've realized that over the years, as my style of art has changed so much, some of this is due to traveling and being exposed to so many rich cultures, use of colors and patterns, fashion on different continents, and beauty--which takes many different forms, changing in each new cultural context. 

    My next series is based on travel, and images that are inspiring me are from our most recent trip to Europe. In September of last year, we visited my brother Andre and his girlfriend Sophia, who live in Berlin, and while we were across the pond, we made sure to visit Paris, Prague, Salzburg and other parts of Germany, such as Freiburg, where our dear relatives live. 

    This trip was very special, as it was long anticipated. I've studied  European art my whole life, and yet, this was the first time I saw much of it in person. 

    • Seeing the Mona Lisa stands out in my mind, as it is one of the most iconic images in the world. Her smile really is fascinating, and the piece was so expertly painted by Leonardo Da Vinci. (closeup of her face)
    • Chills poured down my arms as I stood in front of a Pierre-Paul Prud'hon painting and gazed upon the flawless flesh of his subject. (crop of) "Portrait of Joséphine de Beauharnais," at the LouvreParis, 1805

     

    • Seeing the Bust of Nefertiti, a piece of Egyptian art, at the Neues Museum in Berlin was unbelievable. I think that it's sad that such an important piece lives so far from the culture that it originated from. The bust itself took my breath away.  Her neck was so slender, and she was truly a beautiful woman as depicted by the artist. And wow, I didn't know her royal headpiece was BLUE and not black, as I had seen in photos! This knowledge made me realize that there is no substitution for seeing artwork in the flesh. Bust of Nefertiti, by ancient Egyptian sculptor Thutmose.



    Where have your favorite travels been to?
    Thank you for reading, and please let me know where your favorite spots in the world are!

    Warmly,

    Dominique
     

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