Sunday, September 09, 2007

Inspiration of the Day--Jimmy Lee Sudduth

Water Wheel

Jimmy Lee Sudduth was an African-American folk artist who died a week ago at the age of 97. I find his story and his work very inspirational. His work is simple and child-like and evokes images of a simpler time. His pieces also have a terrific textural quality. He was a self-taught artist who used whatever he could get his hands on to paint. He worked with his hands, and he used mud mixed with honey, molasses, and other items to paint on plywood.

Having such a desire to create, even when traditional tools are out of reach, is very inspirational.

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