I’m often asked where my ideas come from that are the bases of my work. Many times I have no idea to be honest as they show up like a mysterious wind to my creative sails. Other times I start with ideas and images that connect with me and my creative process. In the beginning it might just be a very subtle element I wrote about or quickly sketched down. The idea will evolve from that point and as the connection slowly builds which is the force to keep going further to continue building up the idea that eventually becomes the artwork.
Every advancement in each layer of my work are the slow building blocks, then standing back and observing to see what more is needed, then more advancement. Eventually the artwork comes through revealing itself outside of the process and takes on a life of its own. That has to be one of the most magical parts of the process; when I stare at the work and wonder how it went from the initial idea to what stands before me. To this day Im still marveled by the surprises I encounter as the artwork grows through the stages of creation. I always hope that the art speaks to others as well, and they find their own meaningful connection too. -Mikos
The Getty museum located in the western part of LA has a huge collection of outstanding artworks including paintings, sculptures, drawings and more. Getty is a massive complex to take in, and you could easily spend days to fully appreciate all that it has to offer. I’ve been going to Getty since I was a child so it has a lot of meaning to me. That goes for all the museums in the LA area as well.
We are very fortunate to have the Getty to attend right in our own back yard in Southern California. If you haven’t been there, you should go.
The layout of the museum is very spacious and filling that environment are sculptures and art of all types from many era’s. From the very entry way to the separate rooms within you will find a huge assortment of works to absorb for quite some time. – Mikos
Here are two pieces of work from the Night Skies series. These were shot in California on a fairly brisk night following a rain storm in the winter months. -Mikos
I start with ideas and images that I connect with in my creative process. Often in the beginning it might just be a very subtle element, however as the work evolves the relationship broadens which is the force to keep going further to continue building up the piece of work. I always hope that the art speaks to others as well, and they find their own meaningful connection to them. -Mikos
Here’s a close up of the Coming Together artwork. I love the look and feel of texture. You can’t see it normally as the images are to small for websites. So blowups like these are a great way to see deeper into the work.