Thursday, May 07, 2009

Mysterious ways

[face (c) Teesha Moore]

This piece is a perfect example of the mysterious way in which a picture comes together. I had an idea of what I wanted to do, so I took the first step and let it all happen from there. Just as I was about to draw vertical lines into the "body" below the face, my hand did the opposite and drew horizontal lines, and as I drew the third or fourth line, I realized it looked like a beehive -- which was the theme of the piece. The second column on the page is all about bees, and I had already decided she would be called the bee keeper.

Many years ago, a wise person told me: Don't censor yourself. Let go and see what happens. I learned how to do that and now it's automatic. If it doesn't work, no harm done. If it does work, it makes me happy.

I don't have a "muse." That whole muse thing has always made me uncomfortable. It's as if some power beyond your control, controls you, and if the muse decides to take a holiday, there you are stuck, unable to create anything. I just have myself, my inner self that knows more than my outer self, and she/I have ultimate responsibility for what I create. So, I guess you could say that my "muse" is........myself!


  1. maybe your muse is you!!! julie

  2. Anonymous4:02 p.m. took the words right out of my mouth!!!.....I was half way through reading that...and ARE the muse!!!
    Anon the Elder.....OOOOO

  3. Loving your sunny blog!
    Thanks for sharing a bit about how your art "happens"!

  4. I am such a fan of your blog...and keep saying how nice and "clean" it is. Just like your art... My blog and art is super "messy" and... I just wish I had the "clean" in me. Thanks for sharing.

  5. I try to let go every day, but I find it hard, must keep trying!

  6. Ahhh, Colette, reading your blog is like opening the window to spring sunshine even when it's chilly, dark and believe it or not, snowing!

  7. I love this Bee Keeper ATC..I find the simple clean lines most appealing


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