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Patricia Allingham Carlson Artwork
The Lady and the Luna Moth. It was done with watercolor and rice paper collage. "The lady gazes through the tower window to the sea; as magic builds in the air around her, a luna moth arrives on the wind."

Pat's response -
1. The inspiration for this piece was the suggested image of a woman's face, specifically the right eye, which appeared in the randomly created collage surface. The eye had depth and beauty, and demanded a face to go with it. I drew in the face, painted it and disliked it. It was put aside for months, then I brought it out and added more color. Immediately it looked better, and felt like a princess in a tower. As a lover of fantasy and fairy tales, I painted in jewels, and swirls added magic to her transformation.  I decided on a luna moth, a favorite of mine,  for her companion.
 
2. When I have run into a wall with a painting, I sometimes cover the mess with rice paper and new paint. I apply it randomly and look to the muse to give me some luck!
When it is dry I turn it in four directions and squint at the work, gaze at it across the room occasionally, and wait for an image to suggest itself.
Some of my paintings have three or more layers as I keep covering till I "see" an image to work with.  
I am fortunate in this way; it usually does happen, and when it does I grab a pencil or bit of white conte crayon and sketch in the image. The closer I stay to the suggested shapes, the better the painting turns out. I imagine that is my muses way of telling me to listen to her!  

Pat documented the whoie creative process of this piece in an album 

Patricia has pursued a lifelong in art.She is a graduate with high distinction from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education. While showing her work in juried shows in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware, Patricia has also been involved in teaching adults and children in her home studio since 1980. Her work is primarily done with
watercolor, collage, and mixed media. Her interests in nature and its spirit are a strong influence in her work. 
Many thanks for taking the time to share with us Pat, i appreciate it.

 
Sharing some of their personal muse relationship this week is Juli Ryan.
When you've seen some of her work you'll instantly recognise her colourful expressive style. Be sure to click the links to visit her website and follow her on the social network of your choosing...
Without further ado, here are here answers to the two muse questions -

1) My inspiration was my own childhood and my daughter's.  My mother had mental illness and so does my daughter.
For many, the journey of childhood can end abruptly because of a tragedy or other life-altering experience. 
We find ourselves being more like grown-ups. This painting is dedicated to those of us who've had that experience. For as it is sad, it also makes us who we are today. It can give us strength, kindness and resilience as we carve out who we are as adults.

2) What do I do when i have a creative block?  I like to browse art on the internet.  Nothing inspires me more than seeing great works of art!


Here's a little bit more information about Juli, in her words and taken from her website -

"During my junior year I got married and had a daughter.  I put my life on hold so I could enjoy those first years with her.  Then I discovered something I would never have guessed...I wanted to continue to be a stay-at-home mom.  Never saw it coming!  I had two more children, sons, and my family was complete.  I loved being a mom.  And still do!  But my kids grew up and didn't need me all the time anymore.   I had to find my own life again....so I started to paint and I was  hooked!   After several years of painting and selling on Ebay, my dream came true.   My art is in galleries!  Gallery 405 in Springfield, MO is the first.  I am now showing my art in the Art OnThe Levee Gallery In Newport Kentucky, too."

Juli also has an art blog - click here!
Thanks for sharing Juli, I know other people will find this as interesting as I do. Good luck with everything, may your muse always be with you.

 
The wonderful mimulux.
Fish Kritters - Art by mimulux
'FishKritters' art by mimulux

Here are her answers to the two questions;
  1. this painting - as most of my art - just happened. i rarely have an idea that i will "bring to paper".. usually i just dabble and doodle.. prepare a background.. and see what happens. i "play by ear" .. so to say :) this goes for trad art.. for digital art.. and to a certain extent also for my photography.. 
  2. if my muse goes quiet.. i give him-her-it .. a rest.. she-he-it probably needs it :) i know it will come back.. what i do when my muse is absent.. i listen to music.. i read.. i am with my animals.. i talk to friends.. i do some photo shootings.. and eventually.. the muse is back.... triggered by something i saw, heard, smelled.. anything really :) and we get down to work again :)

more info about mimulux, in her own words.

i am a dark artist, dark as in .. the dark sides of life
i have encountered them and like to bring these experiences into my work. i like to be subtle, using symbols, moods, textures, light.. i want to  make my viewers curious to focus on my art.

nevertheless, i see myself as being an optimistic person, loving life and living. i am entirely self-taught – apart from art classes i had at school. i have lived in many countries, on 3 continents, have been influenced by different cultures and they in turn influence my art.

i use different styles, mix them wildly, also use different genres but…
always come back to dark art.