Jan 23, 2018 | By: Sam Gray Master Artist, Master Photographer, Cr., Fellow-ASP, CPP
People often ask what inspires me to create a particular art piece. Oftentimes, my inspiration comes from life experiences. Sometimes, it can even be simply how a light source reflects on an object or how a cooling breeze sweeps across one’s face. When I am engrossed in the creative process, whether it’s photography or other art forms, all my senses are acutely heightened.
Painting - Timeless Reflections
My creative process with this particular painting was inspired by my surroundings. I was meandering down a path at The Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco and stumbled upon this breath-taking scene. This grand flowering hardwood gracefully bowing its branches as if curtsying to the reflections of light dancing across the water. I immediately thought of Monet and wondered how he would have reacted to this tranquil scene. Instantly, in my mind’s eye, I could see vibrant colored brush strokes dancing across my canvas.
Once home, I began the painting process and soon realized something was still missing. While envisioning the scene, I had recalled a much more genteel time when leisure was a well-practiced art. Several years earlier, I had photographed two sisters in period clothing, enjoying a leisurely afternoon on a boat. They would provide my missing piece!
This painting has received must recognition in competitions at state,regional and international levels.
Professional Photographers of NC: First Place, Best of Show, ASP State Elite Award, Kodak Gallery Award Southeastern: First Place, Fuji Masterpiece Award International: PPA Loan Collection
As an artist, my desire is as you embrace the tranquility of this painting, you too will experience a refreshing calmness of the soul. Please feel free to leave me comments on your reaction to this image. Thanks for looking.
Also, this painting is available to purchase on canvas or paper for your home or office. Please call me to discuss your specific needs.