|I Am The Silence - 14x18" - Acrylic|
The problem for me is, these paintings can't be forced. While I may have an abundance of ideas and qualities I want to explore through these paintings, getting them down on canvas isn't always so simple. Having the 'vision' is just one part of the equation. The other is that I have to have my muse show up in the studio to help guide me in the painting process.
Even if I've found a reference image to help me convey my idea, or I've done a series of successful preliminary sketches, without the muse, the paintings fail. Always. So I must wait for the muse to come act as my spirit guide; and I've found out they really like to travel and take a lot of vacations! So I am especially grateful when the vision and guide coincide and show up at the same time; and a painting that matches my vision results.
The funny thing is, when I start a painting, I don't always know if the muse is with me or not. But by the time I'm finished I know. I often hear artists say something along the lines of "someone else was in control of the paintbrush", or " this painting just appeared out of nowhere"...... That is the force I call my muse. There are strong emotions that become involved with the painting process when the muse shows up, and at the end I am drained. Thankful, but emotionally exhausted.
I often wonder if the viewer could tell which paintings involved the muse, and which didn't.