The muse for my “Just Sayin’…” series is my twin sister Michelle.
Muse…I Can Do this
I thought I’d write about my “muse” for my “Just Sayin’…” series after seeing a contest on Professional Artist Magazine. They’re asking artists to enter images of their muse with a story. Hmmm, I have a muse; I can do this. 🙂
Family As Muse
I have used my family as muse for several of my paintings. My “Just Sayin’…” series is the most recent example of my family as muse. My “Still Life with Toy Pony” series is another example of inspiration from family. The elements of the still life took on the character of my sisters.
Looking for a Symbol of Today’s Culture
About a year and a half ago, I had been working on still life paintings and thought it was time for something new. I wanted the new series to reflect contemporary life and today’s culture in some way. This was a problem rolling around in the back of my head waiting for a solution.
Home visiting Mom and Sisters
During this waiting time, I happened to take a trip home to visit with my mother and sisters. One particular evening, I was listening to opera with my Mom. I went into the kitchen to get something. There, sitting on a barstool was my twin sister Michelle, with her hands to her ears talking on her cell phone. The left hand held the cell phone to her left ear; the right hand was near her right ear as if to mute the background sound.
Aha! My Muse!
My brain went “AHA!” I had my moment; I had my muse! Here was the gesture of our times: Cell phone at ear!
Photo with My Cell Phone
I quickly took out my cell phone and took photos of my muse on her cell phone. Naturally, the photos were not the best in composition. Ah! But the inspiration! Just perfect!
Series of Drawings
When I returned home, I began a series of drawings and watercolor studies inspired by the photos of my muse on the cell phone. In each drawing, I develop my own scenarios in my head about who she is and what she is doing. For example, I embellished one drawing with a fruit bowl and flower painting in the background. When I am satisfied with a drawing, I enlarge it and create a watercolor painting.
Another Sister and Her Cat
During the period when I was creating these drawings, I happened to be talking to another sister Dorothy. We were both on cell phones, of course. I could hear one of her cats in the background meowing and trying to join in on the conversation. Another inspiring moment! My next drawing included a cat looking at my muse talking the cell phone.
Family as Inspiration
I think its not surprising that I use family as muse and inspiration. My family is the people I’m closest to and I love the most. Plus, we’re fun and amazing, but that’s another story!
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