This past week, I hit the creative jackpot.
No, I didn’t play the lottery or receive an inheritance. I didn’t sign a book contract or even find a forgotten wad of cash in my back pants pocket. All I did was walk a scant mile from my house on Milwaukee’s lower East Side to the Grohmann Museum. But I came back so much richer in inspiration, I could hardly carry all my winnings.
The Grohmann Museum houses the world’s foremost collection of Industrial Art. Housed on the campus of the Milwaukee School of Engineering, this four-floor museum is full of paintings (some dating as far back as the 1500s) that show human beings engaged in almost every trade.
Naturally, my interest was greatest by paintings of Industrial factories and steam-powered machinery. But I found plenty to love in every era, and I plan to use all the photos I took as inspiration for scenes in future stories, steampunk and otherwise.
In the mean time . . . have a look for yourself! And if you happen to live close enough to visit the Grohmann, by all means, do. As an artist, and an art-lover, you’ll be so much richer for it.