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
I have enjoyed a full career in my corporate world working as VP of my own company I started about 6 years ago. I built that career with long hours, hard work, and a network I build over the past 12 years. I also was a Publisher of the largest Project Manager Newspaper I started by my business partner. I was busy!
When I decided to transition in to an Artist full time, painting, I thought the creativity would be abundant and I would not have a care in the world, after all, art is fun, right? But I found, that creativity just flowing out of our minds is not true, in fact there are days when I just cannot create anything and everything I do just “stinks”. All paintings on that kind of day go the corner (you all know that corner) when we let them sit until we can come up with that creative breakthrough to bring that canvas to life. I wondered if it was a left brain, right brain thing doing its thing!!
I have to admit, there are days when every painting I do goes to the stink corner! They eventually come out of that corner and sometimes end up being my best painting and sells before I even post to my enter FB circle.
SO I thought I would blog about how I decided to make my art world not stink and how I break the funk.
In the corporate world, when I had to write 10 articles in 2 weeks, manage 2 contracts and keep incredible focus, the saying…. multitasking would have been easy, but I was aggregating around landmines just doing the things that I knew would blow up if I did not do that first. SO when I had to write, I was tired and many times just brain dead.
To energize my brain in the corporate world I set up a plan that WORKED!!
AND IT works for me in the art world, so I thought I would share it.
I have a list of artists that I love and I have bookmarked their page or You Tube on my computer. I get in a comfortable place with a cup of coffee and start by watching those artist create their work. I always have a sketch pad with me and while I watch, I let my brain filter MY ideas onto the paper sometimes within 10 mins I am already thinking of painting ideas and I take off. Other times it might take an hour or a couple hours. But I still sketch my thoughts as I see colors, hear words. I might see someone do something or say something that reminds me of one of the “stinky” canvas in the corner and I write it down. I might not even be fully focused on them but already off in my mind working through my ideas. The point here is, I unclear my mind (and my block) by watching others that inspire me and some MY CREATIVITY takes off and I can go into my artist zone.
by Cheryl Wilson
If you Google the word "Inspiration" you will get a definition like this:
" The action or power of moving the intellect or emotions or something that is inspired from an inspiring agent or influence."
What inspires each of us is different for each person and is actually quite personal in nature. A string quartet blaring in the background was actually what inspired me to create my "Vertigo" piece. For you, it could be reading a piece of literature.
I honestly feel that being inspired is a gift. I think many times we can be so busy that we block our minds to being inspired and miss out on the gift that is waiting to change us. Perhaps not a huge change, but enough to make us move from stagnation to creation.
An artist is not always inspired when they start to create on a canvas, but as soon as the brush hits the paint something magical happens. The brush takes on our personal signature.
I have been told people know my work by my brush stroke. I feel that is one of the greatest compliments an artist can receive is to have their art known by their brush.
Each piece of art I create is unique and created from a depth within. But your journey you might feel from my art is not mine, it is how YOU are inspired by my art. What does each piece inspire you to do, feel and accomplish? How are you moved? If you can feel your inner inspiration come alive, then you have connected with that art piece and you are inspired within to react. Your soul knows what it needs to grow or heal. Do not let any explanation of my inspiration speak your voice. Your inner voice will tell you what you need. Only then have you connected with my art. Only then can you grow and perhaps change.
"Myo͞oziNGs" by Cheryl Wilson
Cheryl Wilson, artist
"My world without art is just "eh"