Waiting for the Muse

[caption id="attachment_751" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="San Francisco based Artist & CEO"]San Francisco based Artist & CEO[/caption] Collectors will ask me if I have to wait for the muse to show up before I begin a painting.  The answer is no. Why?  Two reasons.  Number one, too often it would be a very long wait.  And number two, the landlord will not wait for their check. The fact is that it’s during the act of creating that I receive inspiration. And the more I paint, the more chances I have to be inspired. Now if I’m working on a painting and I really feel like it’s working against me, it’s just plain ugly.  Then the best strategy is to walk away. I’ll let it sit and when I return I can see it with much more clarity.  This perspective helps me understand what's working and what's not. It’s kind of like life and relationships.  I get along with most of my paintings but every now and then I come across a real pill. And that’s okay because these pills give me feedback and I learn the most from them.  After I’ve critiqued the failures I destroy them so that I may release them. So no, there’s no waiting for the muse if you want to earn your living as a painter.  When I show up, creativity and inspiration show up.
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