I have talked about being present when the muse decides to hand me her fire. I am sure some of you have no idea what I mean by that.
Mostly it means sitting my studio, arting, even when I am really not in the mood. I am an artist, and I have some things I create without needing that blinding flash of inspiration the annoying little fairy provides; I know basic rules of composition and color, I can come up with a plan, and I can whip out that dog portrait or whatever with no problem.
I do not know about anybody else, but my muse cannot resist messing with me when I am purposefully working on something with a plan. The plan does not necessarily have to be a good one, merely a map to getting something done.
Consider this painting firework. I took this picture just after a full fire session with my muse. The painting was well underway and I was so excited I snapped a picture with my blackberry and uploaded it to Facebook sometime.
Then I got busy with other things, you know, work, life, stuff and so I lost the feeling I had for this painting. I forgot where I was going with it. I was not sure if it was done, but I didn’t think it was and I did not know what I was going to do next. So it just sat there for a couple of months…
This weekend after I started and finished a 6-piece painting, meaning that fairy was hanging around the studio somewhere. I decided I needed to stake this vampire. I guess that is another artist type of feeling, I sometimes feel like an unfinished work that has been kicked in the corner is sucking energy away from me. If I really wanna rile up my muse, I just tell her I am going to stake one of her minions. Firework was definitely an energy sucking vampire needing to be dealt with.
The plan was to make the crooked bubbles rounder, since they offended my sense of order. And to make the green streamers/snakes standout more. So I got this painting out and started rounding out my bubbles. Before you know it she was back, telling me that I needed to highlight the tops of the bubbles, use the light cadmium red, etc… I started working on this painting around 4 PM and finished it about 3 AM.
Such is the way of the muse, time vanishes while under her spell. The bubbles are rounder, the snakelike streamers do stand out more, but moreover the bubbles seem more three dimensional and there is now a sense of floating and depth to the painting all the result of doing time with my muse… Update: This artwork is no longer for sale.
Yours in art,
Jake, Artist, AKAJake.com Come Experience the Art!
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