I sometimes hear artist friends speak about losing their connection to their muse, or their inspiration. I think this can happen when an artist is over-thinking what it is to be an artist.
I do have advice for my friends who are feeling disconnected from their inspiration, advice which comes from my own experiences:
Stop looking at art on the internet and go to an art museum. There is a lot of amateur art on the internet and that's OK, but we don't have to fill our minds with it. We artists who make a living by selling our art online find ourselves observing art that is displayed online, and it's not always good. Give yourself a break from it. It only affects us if we give our attention to it. Stop filling your mind with internet chatter.
Step away from the screen and go to one of the great halls and spend a day among the masters who have gone before us. These are our ancestors, our elders. If we spend time in their presence, in the presence of their art, they will fill our spirit with the greatness of creation, and they will then join us when we make our art. All we have to do is ask.
People may think it's crazy, but when inspiration is flowing so beautifully, if we are sensitive to it, we can feel our elders who are joining us in the experience of creation. When a painting seems to paint itself, that is because we have help from those who have gone before. This is the deeply emotional experience we all long for, the most wonderful way to be in the flow of creation, to connect with our own unique and singular, unto all of creation, ability to make things of beauty that no one else can make.
That to me is the purest and most delightful inspiration, to be "In Spirit" and connected to the source of all beauty.....the author of all things.
So very grateful to wake up to two identical orders of "Daydream" canvas prints this morning, one here on my website, one on Etsy and each set is going to a completely different part of the world. It's amazing.
I've been very busy with commissions for the last nine months or so, so my new originals that were in progress had to sit on the shelf. I love to paint commissions for people. It's very soothing for me to have been paid for a work of art before it's even started. So I just stay in my home studio with music or TV or audiobooks and paint away. It's lovely, cozy, happy. But the call of new creations that want to come to life is always right beneath the surface, waiting to explode forth with fresh new energy.
This piece is called "Harmonic Vibrations" because I love to think about the vibrational nature of the universe...how all matter is energy vibrating at different frequencies. We all know how it feels when our world is vibrating in a harmonic way, and we know how it feels when our world is vibrating in a discordant way.
Harmony always feels wonderful, but life has a way of taking the discordant times, like those 9th and 11th chords that vibrate on the outer edges of harmony and sometimes just spill over into chaos, and uses those experiences to allow us to forge a future that benefits from the powerful asking for improvement that happens during times of discord.
So it's all good.....but I still prefer harmony.
Sally Trace - My life and adventures in the art making business.