The Creative Endeavors Thread Produces Monsters (In A Good Way)

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Howdy, folks! The “Paper Chase” Guy here, filling in on thread-hosting duties this week after a classic online housekeeping kerfuffle last week (many thanks to Martha for filling in and DaughterOfUhtred for sorting things out with WordPress). Signed up for next week, too, and I’m happy to do this for the foreseeable future, though I strongly encourage others to sign up.

What artists in your fields of creative endeavor inspire you?

Today’s header image, El sueno de razon produce monstrosos, is from Los Caprichos (1799), the classic series of prints by the Spanish master Francisco de Goya (1748-1828), who’s been my favorite artist for as long as I can remember (certainly long before I thought about getting into this on a regular basis, possibly since I was a weirdo kid and saw some of his late-period “Black Paintings”). I was set to write a rather long post about the man’s greatness (that I may try and put together as an individual artist spotlight down the road), but I’ll just say here that what I maybe love about Goya is that he never ceases to surprise, whether it’s mastering both painting and drawing (it always felt to me that the latter never really became a respected independent artform in its own right until Goya), or turning his attention from society scandals to high politics to the trials of religious repression (though in Bourbon Spain as in the rest of early modern Europe, they were often one and the same), or experimenting with new technology at a very late age (starting out when the Baroque was still just a living memory, he became engrossed with lithographs in the final years of his life and I could actually see him toying around with early photography–unlike a great many other painters–if he’d lived a few years longer). He’s never stopped inspiring and I doubt he ever will.