Ginnie Cappaert's Blog

Thursday, May 9, 2013

“Inspiration is the windfall from hard work and focus. Muses are too unreliable to keep on the payroll.”
― Helen Hanson

As I was browsing facebook, I came across an article about the muse, getting to work on your art and many similar topics.  It is true-as an artist somedays your 'muse' is out day dreaming and no work gets done in the studio...I particularily find this difficult to do on a beautiful sunny day.  
Art is not easy.  Artists must not only create the work, but market themselves, do the book work and all the other incidentals that go along with an art career.  Staying focused is of utmost importance.  
So, what about when your 'muse' is not cooperating?  What do you do?
I have learned to make sure that I get 'to the studio' everyday...even if I don't feel like it!  I think this is part of my life being.  Even if it is a Sunday, I find so much comfort, energy and passion inside my studio walls that I don't really call it work..I call it enjoyment.  I find on days when my 'muse' is cooperating that I can make amazing progress on paintings, yet somedays when my 'muse' isn't so helpful I still find that I can get things accomplished in other areas...like organization and cleaning.   AND as those of you who know me..my studio isn't really organized so that must mean my 'muse' is usually there for me as  a painting partner!
Here's to our muse!!!
It's beautiful summer days like this (that I can't wait for) - soon - that makes my 'muse' say 'take a break'!
My bookshelf in my studio is filled with great art reading material for days when I am in the studio and my 'muse' is not there!  Complete with a wonderful stash of tea!
Here is a shot of my studio, where I usually have several paintings in the works..on good days!

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