Inspired Art :: (New) New Mexico Modern

Scouting the art world for new pieces to tell the story of a modern look at the rich arts history of New Mexico, I stumbled onto an old favorite resource- the Library of Congress website.   Unbelievable resource of ready to print ultra high resolution scans of historical photos and illustrations.  (We're talking up to 100 megabyte .tiff files- 30" wide printouts!)

How stunning?  These are the contenders.  Im drawn to the black and white, but also the fact that they were shot on film- so the compositions are so natural and imperfect.  I especially love the borders created by scanning in the actual negatives.  That element will be staying on the print...

 

Inspire File :: Public Domain Art

I keep a file on my desktop filled with high-resolution artwork- so at my discretion I can swap out any of the artwork on my primary gallery wall or any  of the framed pieces in my home.  Thankfully, I have access to a large format printer, so that makes things easier, too.  A trip to Kinko's or Blick will satisfy that urge too!  

I keep my artwork diverse- I pull from antique architectural prints, medical screens, botanical illustrations, and black and white photos of vernacular architecture.  There are many great sources for copyright-free images like Vintage Printables, the Library of Congress, and even any of the images from the Hubble Space Telescope.   

Steal, poach, alter, and print to your hearts desire on these images and start a folder for your own public domain art.