At this time, my desire is to paint Joyful, Beautiful paintings that people can hang on the wall to look at and live with each day, to give them Inspiration, Guidance, and Happiness.
I love the Fairy Tale quality of Fantasy Art. It uplifts me and brings out the childhood imagination that I enjoy. At this time in my life, I tend more toward the Lightful positive side of Fantasy, rather than the interior dark side of it. I do enjoy the macabre, it's just that I would rather not be immersed in it myself. It would tend to depress me.
My Soul Mate and Husband Michael, a true Renaissance Man, has been the most influential and greatest inspiration to me, in my growth as an Artist, and as a Woman.
I have always been inspired by great Artists throughout history, and regard them as my teachers. Some of my favorites are those of the Italian Renaissance, the Pre- Raphealites (I like John W. Waterhouse the most), the Victorian Artists, The Hudson River School of Landscape Painters,The French Impressionists (I love Monet's colors and landscapes),The Brandywine River School of illustrators, etc. Maxfield Parrish is my favorite illustrator, and I feel that Sir Joseph Noel Paton is one of the greatest Fairy Artists. In my small way, I also enjoy continuing in the tradition of Beatrix Potter with her little animal people, and Cicely M. Barker with her lovely Flower Fairies. There are many Artists of today who are my heroes. There are too many to list here, but many are a great Inspiration to me.
I find my Inspiration everywhere. The Beauty of Nature is a great influence on my Art work, and I try to portray my love for it in my paintings. Fantasy Literature, Movies, Music and other Art forms are a wonderful stimulous to my Imagination.
I plan a painting in my head, through a technique I am developing that I call Mind Painting. With this method, I close my eyes and envision the finished creation. Then I strive to paint it. I don't do any sketches at all. Somehow, a sketch isn't good enough to portray my ideal vision that I want to paint. I prefer to Day Dream about it, and never loose that ideal image in my mind.
You have to love Art in order to have patience to stick with it and never give up. I have had many set backs in my career, as have many other Artists. But I don't let these bad experiences get me down. I just pick myself up and continue on. That is because I love doing it so much. The world of Painting is a great joy to me, and if I gave it up, there would be a great void in my life. Please visit my website at: www.themysticalvisions.com and my online store: http://www.judy-mastrangelo-mystical-fantasy-art.com/index.htm