O! for a muse of fire, that would ascend the brightest heaven of invention.
After weeks of painting and drawing quite a lot of "commercial" artwork I've finally something new to show that is wholly personal in nature. If you follow this blog you know I'm in the midst of a writing project - a story, that will be an illustrated novel (or 2 or 3 or whatever-the-hell-it-is-that-is-not-up-to-me.) It's scary working outside your comfort zone, yet it's the only way to work if you want to be an artist that works at the highest level you are capable of - if you want to grow, and if you want to create meaningful work.
So I've been plugging along, committed to the story, indeed the story won't have it any other way. It's emerged in layers, it's made it's own connections independent of my hand, it's told me things I found astonishing, yet I know them to be true. The story is set in this world, now and in the past. There are many stories in the story - and one that is apart from the others, yet at the very heart of it all. It's incredibly personal to me. It's the embodiment of my relationship with my muse, although it's not about me, it's about the characters.
It's always a challenge for me creatively when I'm sharing work that is very close to my emotional heart. I tend to be frightened of it, and then I procrastinate. So, in the grand tradition of creative procrastination my Muse has allowed me a small comfort, she's given me a drawing. Happily, two of the beings in the story have taken form on paper for the first time. At the risk of waxing poetic (too late?), I have to tell you - this was such a joy for me to draw. I felt like I was meeting old friends for the first time, and every bit of the design flowed like cool clear water from my hand.
The figures present in the drawing are:
Mina - the doll-like figure. She is a Muse.
Traipser - the crow, he is also a Muse, although he doesn't know it yet.
Muse's like Mina work with many humans over many hundreds or thousands of years. A piece of a soul might reincarnate over and over again, the same spark of inspiration being present in many different artists during many timelines. So for instance the same bit of spark present in Beethoven, might reincarnate and inspire a DJ in London now. Muses's are responsible for awakening the spark present in us all. It's a hard job, often we are resistant, and not all genius is good.
The original is 8x20, silverpoint on toned paper. The title is 'Entreating'.
Since I'm so happy to share this with you, I thought I'd have a bit of a "contest". There is a great deal of not so hidden symbolism in this piece. If you find the symbols present, please note them in the comments. I'll choose a random winner from the answers. The winner will recieve a large format signed print of the piece. And I'll be sure to reveal the "right" answers at that time.
Here's a little help:
This drawing is an important scene in the story. In the drawing there are elements that represent some of the creative geniuses that Mina has worked with over many decades.
Can you spot them? If so name them, and leave your answers in the comments. I've included large snips of the drawing so you can investigate clearly.