WHO IS YOUR MUSE? Where do you find your inspiration? What inspires YOU? Where to start? I recently was chatting with a woman at an event I was at, she told me that her challenge with creativity is where to get ideas. Hmmmm. She asked me about where I get my ideas and how it all starts for me. Well… that question is one of my favorites to reflect upon as I am regularly inundated with yummy inspiration, a flood of ideas and stimulation emerging from both within and without. The early stage of the creative process is for me often my favorite, although the entire journey of the creative process is exciting and enjoyable. I wrote a bit about my creative process in my last post, Trust and the Creative Process.
Inception of an idea can start anywhere, for example, a hunch, a whisper, a dream, a conversation, an image, a word, a glance, the options are endless really. To illustrate, I will refer to my latest inspirations for my new Fire Series, as past of my Elements Collection. From water came fire for me and it was (and tends to be) a spiral-like journey, vs. a straight line. My initial interactions with the element of Fire was ignited strongly whilst on the Big Island last year when I spent time in meditation, retreat and ceremony with Pele, the Hawaiian Goddess of the Volcanoes while at the Kalani Retreat Center. Pele grabbed me and I have been under her tutelage as my main Muse through this moment as I continue to create my new Fire paintings. Pele urges us to follow our passion… what’s yours? Are you following your passion?
Kilauea is the most active volcano in the world. The Hawaiian mountain has been steadily flowing since 1983! That makes it one of the most long-lived eruptions known on Earth.
I look forward to sharing more about the journey into the Fire as I roll out my paintings one by one over the next few weeks, sharing the story and artwork here and on my website. Stay tuned and in the meantime, there is a wonderful NEW art show where I am showing the paintings below at, MUSE: The Art of Transformation and Healing.
Cosmic X, 9X12 inches, Mixed Media on Paper ©LEAD
Curated by Art 4 All People
June 28 – September 28, 2014
Commonweal Gallery, a nonprofit health and environmental research institute
451 Mesa Rd. Bolinas, CA 94924
Opening Reception and Arts and Healing Festival
Saturday, July 12th from 1:00 pm – 6:00pm
Saturday, September 27th, 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
All are welcome!
In love, gratitude and beauty…
“Art has the power to heal.” ~ Lórien