Where did my Muse go? Easely-ly Successful 15 Minute Challenge

Lacking inspiration is something that we artists all struggle with from. The more you chase it, the more elusive it becomes. Truth is that inspiration comes when we least expect it. Which means that you have to work through it. Painting without an agenda works for me.

Several years ago, I hit a slump. After about a week of frustration, I decided that it was time to shake things up. Using Pinterest, I searched palettes and found one that piqued my interest. My work is impressionistic but this day I decided to throw caution to the wind and went abstract (note: only my second attempt at abstract). After about 10 minutes of putting paint on canvas, I stepped back and realized that I was onto something. The turquoise, blues and yellows remained me of the Caribbean and once I threw in the grays it became a Caribbean Storm. My muse was back with a bonus. After posting my painting on social media, a client contacted me and purchased it with a commission for 3 more to hang as a group which was then published in an interior design magazine. Woohoo. From frustration to success in a morning.

The main take away for me was to do something. Not wallow in the no inspiration zone. I love color and so this exercise taught me where my "go to" place is when I get stuck. Taking a palette and applying it in a different manner than I usually paint. For example, taking a self-described landscape palette and painting a still life or a palette of colors that I would never use and painting the figure. No one needs to see the outcome. This is for you. If you like it share it. If not, then take the pieces that work, try again and see what happens. It's in the doing that your muse will appear.

Palette from Pinterest

Palette from Pinterest

Caribbean Storm, 12x12, oil on linen

Caribbean Storm, 12x12, oil on linen

15 Minute Challenge, Finding your Muse

 

1. Find a palette that intrigues or challenges you (searching Pinterest  is my go to site for palettes)
2. Pick a subject. I choose subjects that I would never paint in my chosen palette. Challenge yourself.  If painting from a photo, I find converting the photo to gray scale is helpful. 
3. Head to the easel and have fun

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