Thursday, August 13, 2009

My Muse

It's not just artists that have a muse. Everyone does. We all have that person, that object, that place that inspires us into action.

Have you ever noticed how you can look at God's beautiful creation and see how it's influenced so many other things in our world? Like a gorgeous dress, for example. The beautiful color, the pleats, the tucks, the ruffles, or whatever detail it might have... doesn't it remind you of flowers?

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I personally am inspired by food. I know, I know - food comes up in so many of my posts! I love how food keeps us alive, and at the same time is a source of enjoyment and creativity. The smell, the taste, the texture. It really inspires me on so many different levels.

What about you? What's your muse?

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47 comments:

2ndComing said...

Great post! :)

This is so super corny. But I have to say my muse is my husband. Before I met him I was really scared to create art and would look for any excuse not to do it, due to self doubt. Since we've been together I've been consistently churching work out.

Hilary Leister said...

I have several muses...

1) attractive men
2) changing of the seasons
3) deep relationships/friendships

woohoo!

Dionne said...

Hahahaha at Hilary's comment on attractive men, seems like men inspire us. My husband is definitely a muse too, so I absolutely don't think it's corny, 2ndComing! That's awesome that he encourages you!

Laure said...

Well, my muse is probably music... and colour. I'm a very visual person, and I've got all these images in my head all the time, trying to get to life..; Speaking of which, I'm having a giveaway of one of my prints if you feel like entering ;)
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DesBisoux said...

i have to say the concept of muse was a bit...alien to me until a while ago. i met someone who became a friend and has helped and inspired me, without knowing it.and that what it is all about, no?xxx

Jaime said...

My muse is probably the weather, haha. Sounds funny, but it certainly influences a lot (general mood, outfit choice, plans, etc). I wish my muse was something more poetic!

Carol said...

I would say nature is my muse. Great post, totally got me thinking there!

Lauren said...

Oooh I like food, too! If not as inspiration, definitely as a reward. :) I think my muse is music. It always inspires me and helps me create.

Ashley Yazzie said...

D,
I too love nature. But I love a great city scape as well. My home town of Los Angeles is a wealth of inspiration; the crayon box of people, food, the mixed architecture, the endless list of things to see and do here....all of it truly inspires me.

Other favorite inspiration cities:
1. NYC
2. San Francisco
3. Smallish Towns {Columbia, MO}
4. Sedona, Arizona

Nicole Marie said...

hahah yes i think food is my muse too. but also the city. the lights. the buildings. the noises. the smells. the calmness of the night. the business during the day.

T i f f a n y said...

My muse is scent. I can associate so many memories with certain smells. Scent can either inspire me to get up and make something happen or make me want to curl up on the couch with a warm blanket.

cabin + cub said...

my muse is my hubby since he always likes to encourage me to make art and craft. :)
(but high on the muse list is food too... shhh, don't tell him..heehee)

ps. thanks for voting for my collage yesterday! ;)

Tracy-Girl said...

my muse is just people!! They are crazy and fill my mind with images and senses!

Phoenix said...

muses are awesome, and food is a great one. I've found that if I don't put a limit on what inspires me, what looks beautiful and causes me to breathe a little deeper and a little fuller, then the entire world can be my muse.

Lily G. said...

My muse is food as well along with selfless, witty people.

Lindsey said...

Nature absolutely inspires me. Cookbooks and food. My hubby is always an inspiration.

{ Lindsey }
http://greatfullday.blogspot.com

Elizabeth said...

There are two things I know that inspire me into action: a beautiful sunny day and getting to know brilliant people (even if it's just reading a book or an article about them).

Joy said...

Music and food are definitely it for me too... right now I'm loving Delta Goodrem and the food blog "Tartelette" - it's totally food porn.

http://tartelette.blogspot.com/

Hilary Leister said...

P.S. Dionne, I'm totally jealous of your turtle-ridden kayaking trip.

I was in NYC last month and almost bought a baby turtle in China Town, but then decided it would probably die the next day of salmonella, and didn't want to experience that pain haha!

Meghan said...

I would agree with many previous comments - my muse is most definitely my husband, who knows me inside and out and encourages me 100%. However, I also love my hometown (Chicago) - just sitting in a coffee shop or by the lake instantly rejuvenates me.

Little Miss Tiara said...

Oh great, my muse is definitely something related to romance, whatever it is, you know me, I'm kinda corny and cheesy (oh, corn and cheese are delicioso! lol) and maybe food too, hahaha

simplesong said...

oh, so many things ... but for me its probably flowers and simple, natural patterns you see in everyday things. never thought of food as a muse [just love to eat it] but now i think i'll take a second look! lovely post.

lyndsey | paper girl said...

yeah! thanks for the shout out :) you totally get 2 entries.

hmm...my muse? is it bad to say i'm inspired by food? haha. i know you'll get me on that one.

Amanda said...

I'm always (always) inspired by music, but lately I've been loving all things birds.

Now - not actual birds. The live ones make me a little nervous if they get reeeeeally close.

But I love drawings of birds, photos of birds, paintings of birds...birds outside my window.

They make me happy. They also make my cat Gilbert happy, but probably not for the same reasons. ;-)

Dash said...

My muse as unromantic as it sounds, is movies.I love great movies that make me think, and write. Oh also lovely blogs. Until off course, i am puzzled by the question: Why didnt I think of that?:)

L'Atelier said...

my muse changes but it often is to do with nature. i am completley amazed by it uncountable forms and shapes, the dazzling array of colour and just the beauty around us.
at the moment i am reading up tons on the vienna workshops- wiener werkstaette- and am really inspired by that. i am amazed by what they created, from the atmosphere to the gorgeous products. simply astounding! it makes me dream of working in studios with others

Kris said...

I'm not sure who my muse is. I need to think about this. I'm feeling my cat Martin is. Mainly because he is the only one that can truly make me relax and not worry about anything.

the Lost Earring said...

Lovely photos. My muse...hmmm. Not sure. I guess I get inspired by memories, smells, intricate landscapes, wacky architecture, bright colors, my cat, the seasons, the sky, dreams, lots of things :)

Kristin said...

good question! I guess I've never thought about it... but I'd have to say probably just nature, and someone else said it up there, but also the changing seasons. As each new season rolls in, it provokes so many feelings, urges, inspiration in me.

SleightGirl said...

I don't have a muse per se, I'm inspired whenever and where ever I see beauty.

avant garde said...

my muse is my son, the ocean, and talented artistic people, all of those things inspire me to no end! happy friday :)

AuroraRose said...

my muses are: my beautiful boyfriend, textiles and travel... love you blog by the way

jess gonacha said...

Ooooh, great question! Trees are my muse, big time. I could look at them for hours!

Kristin said...

The dude is my muse!

M.M.E. said...

Honestly. My boyfriend. He says the weirdest things like, "I think you'd be good at living with the Saami reindeer," and next thing I know, I'm illustrating it.

Anna said...

congratulations on your English Muse shout out!!!

i felt so proud to say: Oh! i know her!!
xo-

p.s. your wedding looked so BEAUTIFUL!

Mary-Laure said...

Flowers definitely do inspire me... and Benjy,my dachshund, of course!

photojoy said...

Sorry, it's not the way to leave my words here before reading your post well.
But, I just wanted to say "Thank you for visiting me!". I still have another half a day to finish "Obon". I think I can post the new one soon.

Lady Thirty said...

autumn is my muse :)
I really get inspired this time of the year.

have a nice weekend

/lady thirty

Waynemw said...

loving your drawing, beautiful

Hello, darling said...

Youth inspire me more than everything. I know I'm still young, but I am always inspired and challeneged by what other young people are doing or achieving, and it drives me forward ♥

Elise said...

Hello, I'm loving your great blog -your posts are really interesting so thanks very much for sharing them. Pictures are really good too !

Happy weekend,

Aya Smith said...

I would definitely say music and art... maybe even language, for myself :)

What a lovely post!

Carrie said...

Fabric. I suppose that's generic, since I love to craft with it, but there's just something amazing about holding a fabulous piece of fabric and thinking about what it can become. I've thought of so many projects that way! Today I ran across some adorable towels on sale, and I ended up buying the entire stack because I *KNEW* they would make a great project to give as gifts! Before I saw the fabric= no ideas. After I saw the fabric= new project!

What a great post. I never realized fabric was my muse!

Koo and Poppet said...

I'm with Carrie, fabric really inspires me too.
But I'd have to say that my two major muses are my nine month old daughter and all animals, great and small.

Sara Avant Stover said...

recently my muse has been the emotion of sadness, which when i feel into it more deeply is actually compassion and connects me to the voice and wisdom of my heart.

Lindsey said...

I love the easel, my friend! You do such great work.