by Cheryl Wilson, Artist Allurence-Art Gallery
“The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider's web.” Pablo Picasso
I have been told to put a canvas back to the side for a while (I call it my stink corner) if the inspiration is just not there. I often look at these paintings sitting in my corner and ponder what I could do to make it the painting I would want to hang in my space. There are times that painting will sit for days or months. I will even carry a painting room to room and let it sit as I do other things looking for that inspiration. It amazes me where that final inspiration will come from, a movie, a picture, a song, as I drive in my car, as I look at others work of art, I am open to where my inspiration will come.
One example is a mermaid painting I wanted to do. I wanted to capture the essence of a mermaid waiting for her human. My initial inspiration was a picture of my daughter in law (mermaid at heart). I wanted to capture her eyes and her look for that far away dream of finding her human she would change her world for, that deepest love. I also wanted to capture the water of the ocean around her face and the flow of the water of the deep sea. You see, this could not be any painting, it was what happened to her. She changed her world and I wanted to capture that.
I started with her face and the flowing hair. I liked the face and the angle of where she was looking, but the boldness of the water was missing; that pop of color and the depth of the ocean. I need inspiration, something that I had not done before, something to make her looking through water and yet not take away from her beautiful eyes looking for her human.
I added the blue hair, the glitter and then the creativity STOPPED. The painting went to the stink corner until I had that inspiration finish her. You have all been there, you wonder what to do with your painting and that inspiration is just not there. Many times we only have one chance to make it what we wanted to achieve in the end. Our minds know, our hearts know, but we want our brush to take that vision and complete it. I carried her around to room to room watching movies of water and would stare at her for hours trying to think of what I wanted to do.
As I blogged in one of my previous blogs, many times other artists give us that inspiration to unblock our minds, clear of us our own hesitation and let us explore their world for a while until we feel our own desires and passion happen. There comes a point where their work disappears and your style, your passion and your vision take over. I was watching someone do a pouring of just paint on a canvas with layers of paint upon layers, nothing to do with my painting. But it was the way she tilted the painting and the blues mixed with another blue and I left her world and entered mine own world of painting. I became the Muse and the canvas was mine again.
My final painting is called “Mermaid Looking for Her Human.”
In my final painting, I hope I have captured the vision of her looking through the deep sea waters for her love, her human. She lives in the ocean and the ocean is her home, her comfort but she is not complete without her one true love.
I hope you are inspired to not give up on a painting in your corner that you really want to finish. Wait for the moment you know what to do, wait for the flow of your muse!!
by Cheryl Wilson
"Myo͞oziNGs" by Cheryl Wilson
Cheryl Wilson, artist
"My world without art is just "eh"