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Carriellen Angell is an artist in New Jersey.  Growing up, her favorite pastimes involved art, reading and dancing.  She pursued training in art whenever possible and majored in art in college before changing her major to psychology.  For many years life and work got in the way of her artistic pursuits, but she has now returned to what she loves and has vowed to never set it aside again. (A bit like me :)
Now over to Carriellen;

The inspiration...
I wasn't inspired with anything in particular for this piece, other than having done another painting recently with a similar theme and not feeling quite done with it.  I generally paint from the imagination so usually my paintings are pretty spontaneous and inspired by my mood at the moment, more than anything else.  I was going for a sort of cool evening feel in this one, probably because this oppressive heat has got me frustrated beyond belief!

When my inspiration and painting ideas are at a low ebb I take to the Internet.  I love to look at what other artists are up to, I look at art collections in museum sites, I look at classical works and modern works, I read about art theory and look at instructional videos, and I look at a lot of nature sites like sea creatures, astronomy pictures and microscopic images.  Usually doing that for a while gives me some painting ideas to explore.

Thanks for the opportunity to participate!
Carriellen Angell
This Muse News post comes from Matthew Kennedy a ceramic artist based in San Diego.

What inspired you? 
Watching a show called "Miami Ink" on TV about 5 years ago. I thought if they can use that Tattoo Machine on skin then I could use it on clay! I then proceeded to set out to find my style with the Tattoo Machine. 

What do you do when your muse goes AWOL? 
My Muse just got here.. I just proposed to my sweetheart 2 days ago and she is an artist as well. Her name is Lisa and she is my Angel. She is painting me a Fairy for my birthday right now.

Matthew S. Kennedy is a self taught ceramic artist with an international reputation, whose professional 
career has spanned more than 16 years as a ceramic artist. 
His art work is featured in many offline and online galleries and in recent years, Matthew has developed strong relationships within the art community, consultants, television and movie artists and stylists, corporate representatives and interior designers who wish to provide their clients with extraordinary beautiful works of art. 
His art mediums are ceramics with enamelling, making unique use of vibrant pigments and colors for each piece of art work. 
The ceramic tattoo inspired collection are his most recent works.  Matthew hand carves each design element for every piece.
Kate England is an artist, iPhoneographer and designer. 
In 1997 she started Marmalade Moon as a journal, sketchbook, and expression for her digital, creative romance. 
In 2001 Kate opened a tiny design studio in Fredhäll, the Beverly Hills of Stockholm, from where she provides a  design services for clients all over the world.
When she got her first iPhone in 2008, (just like me) she discovered iPhone photography. 
She began exploring the iPhone and iPad as a revolutionary canvas for creative expression and a new exciting way of adding a creative layer to daily life.
Kate is half English, half Swedish and currently lives in Stockholm, Sweden.
Now over to Kate...

The inspiration for this image?
"One of my favorite iPhoneography projects is to capture reflections. When you start looking at what is reflected, you can discover surreal layers to reality and it becomes the photo montage that makes itself."
And when the muse is quiet?
"When the muse has left me, I try to look outside my regular fields of inspiration and disconnect from my computer. A trip to a museum, a different route to work, nature, a new art or photo app, getting messy and runny with paint, or explore a field that I don't have a connection to, such as fishing tackle, traffic signs or embroidery. Visiting thrift stores is one way to get imagination in motion, and of course iPhoneography is such an easy way to keep the eye sharp and exploring. I also find it important to make space for spontaneity and joyful play… seeing what happens with the picture, rather than trying to control it too much." 
Kate england
Kate England
Marmalade Moon 

Kate runs creative courses at Marmalade Moon, and the current one is free. Alert readers will remember me mentioning it in my news blog.
Here's some more information (did I say it was free to join?)

The Creative Jumpstart is a free course to boost your creativity and build creative momentum. It's a Club Marmalade Moon project, and you can get access to it by joining the club. 
Simplicity & Ease
  • To make it easy to succeed, the course comes in 7 tiny, to-the-point, practical and bite-sized chunks.
  • In this course we'll work on a practical project that you can complete with pen and paper. Optionally document your creative process with a camera (any old camera will do, an iPhone works great).
  • This will be a time for you to spark your unique creativity and begin weaving creativity into your days.