a. A guiding spirit.
b. A source of inspiration.
I have often
been asked from where I find the inspiration for my work. If you
have seen any of my art or jewellery, I think it is obvious that much
of my work is informed and inspired by my deep connection to the
earth. I am so blessed to live in a relatively unspoiled rural area,
so I am able to experience and be inspired by the land and all that
grows and walks on it, the rivers and everything that swims in them,
the wide-open sky and the clouds and birds that soar overhead.
I also find my Muse in other places:
Music is often my muse, either directly as in this painting inspired by “Dance Me to the End of Love” by Leonard Cohen, one of my all-time favourite songs:
or as more often the case with my jewellery-making, indirectly. I find that listening to music while I am working helps me to stay focused on the task at hand. The right music can inspire me to keep working away when I've soldered the same ring 5 times, or to stick with the jobs I find boring (like polishing!). Things are very hectic in my studio right now as I gear up for the holiday season. I find myself continually listening to The Civil Wars. Their soaring, haunting harmonies speak to my frazzled soul, helping to keep me from flying madly off in all directions. Give them a listen if you haven't heard them before.
My tastes in music are very eclectic, including jazz, classical, blues, classic rock, pop, folk, anything that touches my soul. I have been caught singing and dancing around the studio, which is a bit embarrassing, but when the Muse calls, what is an artist to do but follow?
Where/how do you find your Muse? I'd love to know - just leave a comment below!
This post is part of the Aspiring Metalsmiths Team September Project Blogroll - Finding Your Muse
See what we have to say by visiting the blogs below:
- Jessica @ Abella Blue - http://www.abellablue.com/blog
- Autumn Bradley - http://www.autumnbradley.blogspot.com
- Crow Steals Fire - http://crowstealsfire.blogspot.com/
- Contemporary Jewelry by Beatriz Fortes - http://cjbf.blogspot.com/
- Stacy - http://www.formandfunktionaccessories.blogspot.com/
- Cabbing Rough - http://cabbingrough.blogspot.com
- Brightstar109 - http://brightstar109.blogspot.com/
- Silver Pearl Jewelry and Metalworks - http://silverpearlmetalworks.wordpress.com/
- City Rustic Jewelry - http://cityrustic-art.blogspot.com/
- Becky Campion - http://www.ladysmythmetals.com/blog.html
- Julie - http:/wabibrookstudio.com/blog.php
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