What we now call inspiration, used to be referred to as "The Muse". I like the idea of being visited by the Muse. It appeals to my sense of Jungian archetypes. It also has a sense of historical romance to it. There were seven of them, plenty to go around The problem was trying to find them, lure them to share their gifts, seduce them into staying with you as long as possible. There are plenty of stories to go with all that, you can be sure
In the present, it seems we search for them, but they have a great little game of hide and seek going. They won't follow you. They don't want to wander around searching for you. They want you to be in the same place, at the same time, every single day. Miss more than a time or two and those ladies have lots of other places to go and people to inspire.
So, Greek mythology aside ( which it really shouldn't be) it is a fact that great things happen as far creativity if you have a place that you can go to, same time every day, even if its only for an hour. A studio is nice, but I have seen artists create great work in a laundry room, a dining room corner and even smaller areas. The important thing was that the space held their materials, set up and ready to go. Chagall did some of his paintings tucked into a space above the stove. It was warm and he could leave his paints there without anyone getting into them. obviously his muse was waiting for him.
On the other side of the coin, I have seen MANY artists with wonderful studios equipped with state of the art lighting, huge display areas, wide screen computers and sound systems who turn out very little actual art. Cleaners go in and dust the place! The muse goes on vacation and the artist wonders why their work is stagnant.
You can find a small space, 30 to 60 minutes a day to sketch, to paint, to be in your creative space. Bring a cup of coffee and your favorite sound track, or just silence so you can better hear yourself and the muse. Relax into your space and create something new.
Kathleen Barnes, Paintdiva
Art is my passport to a limitless journey. When I am not exploring my materials on a technical level, there is visual exploration before me. When that seems a bit thin, there is a deep calling from the realm of my imagination. Sometimes all three come together in a perfect storm. That storm, that combination of the real, the imagined and the very paint and canvas is what calls me daily, and I answer as much as I can.....