"Moon Rabbits" - mixed media on gallery wrapped canvas, 20" x 20"
Day 13! More rabbit mischief! This piece makes me incredibly happy...the colors, the whimsy, the imajenation all make me smile. This also met my challenge goal of 90% without a paintbrush. Hooray! Although I took a hint from the amazing artist Patricia Steele Raible (check out her incredible work at https://patriciar2013.wordpress.com ) and went back to using a credit card as a scraper instead of a palette knife. Sometimes the simplest things work best.
What a difference a day makes. I started this piece yesterday afternoon, and today I was so excited that I leapt out of bed to get to the studio early this morning and be reunited with my rabbits. Joy! And once they were finished, I already had inspiration for the next piece. So this is how the elusive muse works with me. I will work everyday - show up, put in the time, paint and paint and paint. But the joy isn't always this effervescent. When it is, though, wow. Life feels magical all the way around.
Based on a recommendation from another artist (thanks, Dana!) I am reading The War of Art, by Steven Pressfield. It is largely about battling resistance and forging ahead regardless of your motivation. Show up every day, show up no matter what, stay on the job all day. This is what we do as artists. And the reward comes when the muse appears in all her shiny glory. What we know is this: if you show up, she will come. But you have to show up.
So whatever your creative calling, keep at it. And when the muse appears, make sure to video your happy dance. :)
1/13/2016 01:06:17 pm
Hooray! Thanks so much, Retta! Your smile is exactly what I was hoping for...have you read his follow-up book? "Do The Work" - I am planning to read that next.
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