The Muse in the Kitchen
Just for a brief time this past week, I experienced what Robert Henri was referring to in this quote. It doesn’t happen all the time, or even very often. But if I could bottle it, I would. Then I could go out into the studio and open the bottle every morning.
But something inexplicable happened on New Year’s Eve. I was working on some collages at my kitchen table, because I needed to stay near my little dog, who has to stay in her crate due to an injured leg.* The ideal place for her is in the kitchen, where she can see all the exciting things that are going on in her day. And she needs to be able to see her humans.
Suppertime was approaching, and that afternoon I had created three collages that made me pretty pleased with myself. No false starts, no frustrating blocks — just “flow.” Then, as I was reluctantly getting ready to pack it all up and quit for the day, I looked again at that “spread” of wonderful papers. Immediately I could see all kinds of possibilities for fun compositions, and knew I had to keep going. So I did.
I wasn’t in the studio. I wasn’t playing meditative or even stimulating music. I was just simply sitting at my kitchen table surrounded by household noise and activity, with the simple materials of my artmaking. It was just a small moment in time, of being in that wonderful state that makes art inevitable. Here is a peek at the results. Final orientations aren’t necessarily what you are seeing here. I’ll have these up on the blog individually as soon as I can get them scanned.
May you have many moments of “flow” in this new year.
*Doggie Notes: Our little Abby girl ruptured the ACL in her left back leg a few days ago. We are keeping her on crate rest — and trips outside are on a leash only — until she can have surgery to repair it, which is scheduled for next week. Our vet was going out of town, and wanted to wait so he could be here for her after the surgery. We agreed that it was best to do that. Surgery is optional for this kind of injury in dogs, but the chances of complications are greater without it. She is on pain meds and seems to be in pretty good spirits under the circumstances. I feel so sad for her, but am optimistic about her eventual healing and rehab.