"Moon Catcher" - mixed media on gallery wrap canvas, 18" x 24".
Day 21! What if we could catch the moon in our hands and hold it close? Would we be infused with divine feminine energy? Would our hair light up the sky with lunar luminescence? This enchantress captured the moon and is aglow with mysterious power. Painted over 90% without the use of brushes, this piece contains palette knife work, credit card scraping and paper towel texturizing. Her blue dress is made of ink stamped tissue paper pieces.
This week I am continuing to read The War of Art, and am learning more about the muses. "Moon Catcher" embodies the combination of empowerment and mystery I feel when the muse is present - like there is nothing I cannot do! It is a place of divine flow, energy and excitement. When the muse is present, I feel brave beyond my own boundaries. Brazen, even.
So what brings the muse? Athletes have rituals and lucky socks to summon their physical energy and steel-eyed focus and determination. Homer invoked the muse in The Odyssey Warriors summon the muse before heading out to battle. It seems a ceremonial summoning of the muses before embarking on any personal quest, be it art or athleticism, is recommended. I am working on my own small invocation to speak when entering my studio. You can be sure there will be some malarkey in it, and my muse looks forward to that bit.
But what Pressfield tells us in this most excellent book, is the mere act of beginning whatever it is you are dreaming of is enough to enlist the aid of the muses. Simply show up, begin, set forth, step out, try.
It is enough to dream it and begin. The muses will guide us through the rest. And, if we keep showing up, one day we might hold the very moon we've been dreaming of in our own two hands.
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