Friday, January 23, 2015

Musings on the Muse

Happy 2015!
I was tickled to see that my November post was featured in PPF!!  Fitting, as it was about my show at Walnut City WineWorks as the 'featured artist!' THANK YOU for all your sweet comments!! & I LOVE the pic chosen - She Stands between the Worlds!

As I step into the whirlwind of creativity - I'm enrolled in Shiloh Sophia's 'Legend' course (6 months online), have applied for CoW teacher training (Color of Woman) AND am in her year long Red Madonna community .... I reflect on last year, & all the painting I did.

It all began with that workshop to paint my Muse with my friend Elisabeth back in February. ... who knew what a treasure trove that would unlock?! Shiloh says she feels the voice of the Muse of creativity is the voice of the Critic transformed! The Critic voice comes out when our creativity is stifled .... if you think of it, children create naturally & joyfully! 

Sisterhood of the Red Thread

I care for my preschool age grandkids 2 mornings a week, & they LOVE gluing or painting! They don't think about how purple looks next to brown, pink, orange! They might observe that all the colours make brownish swish, or show me their monster, but they just create! & then go on to something else! What happens when we create like that? 

Elisabeth's Magic Paintbrush
I love Shiloh's image of returning power to the Muse, and that transformation of the critic. When that voice of comparison begins to nag (who do you think you are, wasting all that time / money / supplies? ) turn it around! Ask 'hmm, would you like ribbons in your hair, or maybe stars?' .... & always offer her .... chocolate!! 

Pick up your magic paintbrush, & begin!!

How is the Muse whispering to YOU this year? 

Posting in Paint Party Friday


Anonymous said...

beautiful work! I love your colors!

if they like gluing and painting, you might try them on collagraph printmaking, which my daughter LOVES - cut out bits of craft foam (very cheap at the big art store or some dollar stores), glue to a piece of cardboard, then paint it and press it onto paper. My daughter likes to make several prints and color over some of them with more paint or oil pastel or whatever I have out.

Geckostone said...

Beautiful painting and I love the photo of your magic brush!Yes, children have the best way to paint, free and without so much thinking like I always end up doing,lol.

GlorV1 said...

What a beautiful painting. It's awesome that you spend creative time with your grandchildren. Happy day to you.

Marji said...

Beautiful artwork. I love the idea of offering the inner critic ribbons and sparkle :)

Clare Lloyd said...

Beautiful trio

Unknown said...

Wow your a very busy grandmother. Lots of fun things happening. Your creative muse has got to be jumping with joy and excitement!
Thanks for stopping by my blog today and leaving the lovely comment.

Nadya said...

That's a great idea, Swan!
We actually have a bag of foam shapes with sticky backing, which wee could easily attach to cardboard!!

Nadya said...

Thank you!
so true! We adults overthink things way too often!

Nadya said...

I actually glued ribbons onto the bottom of my muse Gabriella's canvas, on her bodice! And she has shimmering feathers in her hair!

Nadya said...

It is lots of fun, spending time with the Littles!
It was lovely to visit, Karen, and thanks for dropping over here!

denthe said...

Such a gorgeous canvas! Sounds like you got a lot of fun things lined up! I can't wait to start working out all the ideas that are constantly forming in my head :-)

Giggles said...

Wow what a great lesson..Beautiful painting too!! I love the idea of giving the muse chocolate. It's so true we did let go more as children. So wonderful your grandchildren are able to create in your midst so freely! They will forever remember that.. I know my son in love has such fond memories of his grandmother teaching him to paint!

Hugs Giggles