Muse? No Thanks, I am my own muse.

Art Musings issue#1

Thalia~the blossoming one


Ah, the Muse, the ancient source of an artist’s inspiration.  

Well, that is unless you’re a visual artist.  

You see, there is no muse claiming credit for the visual arts of painting or sculpture.  

Now, I know what you’re thinking. Surely, Amanda, you must be mistaken.  

But nope, I assure you Art has no Muse.  

Let’s take a look at those famous Greek ladies of inspiration.  

The muses according to Greek myth were the nine daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne and were the protectors of the Arts and Sciences. 


So who inspired/protected what?  

The Nine Muses

Well let’s see, let’s start with the lady in charge, Calliope.  

Calliope, known as the beautiful of speech, was head of the muses and was the muse of epic or heroic poetry.  

Clio~the glorious one~was the muse of history  

Erato~the amorous one~was the muse of love, erotic poetry, lyrics, and marriage songs  

Euterpe~the well pleasing one~was the muse of music and lyric poetry  

Melpomene~the chanting one~was the muse of tragedy  

Polyhymnia/Polymnia~the singer of many hymns~was the muse for, you guessed it singing, lyric, oratory, rhetoric, and sacred songs.  

Terpsichore~the one who delights in dance~was the muse of choral song and dance (like that wasn’t obvious)  

Thalia (pictured above)~the blossoming one~was the muse of comedy and bucolic poetry  

and finally  

Urania~the celestial one~ was the muse of astronomy  

Now I know what you’re saying , ” but, Amanda, the Greeks…they were so progressive, surely they had a soft spot for visual artists. Maybe there’s some lost sister out there?”  

Well actually, the Greeks valued the written over the visual. Just like some uptight writers I’ve known… You try arguing a picture is worth a 1000 words, and it gets ugly! Anyway, I digress.  

My point is, painters and sculptors were  held in low regard, somewhere between freemen and slaves.[1]  

I know. Nice, eh? Then again, some days it feels like we’re paid the same, lol.  

Regardless, no muse.  

Looks like we’ll just have to continue drawing inspiration from inside ourselves, grabbing hold of the things we feel and experience in order to create.  



[1] In Our Time: The Artist BBC Radio 4, TX 28th March 2002

WTF is ART issue#5 “Is ART the new Gold?”

I came across this article while I was browsing the net and thought it would make for an interesting read/debate.

Sarah Thornton explains why art is a beacon of optimism as markets tumble.

You can read the full telegraph article here then join in on the discussion.

So what do you think? Is art the new gold, the new safe market investment?

Thornton says that “museum attendance has surged and more people than ever began calling themselves artists”.

But the question I’m asking myself is: Is museum attendance and artist growth a good thing?

On one hand, the increase in artists and art may mean an artistic boom in the art market making this type of investment more widely accessible But on the flip side what happens generally when you get an abundance of something? Well in a market sense if you have 100 stocks versus 10,000 stocks the 100 stocks are going to be more valuable? But when those same 100 stocks turn into 10,000 the value plummets.

How does that translate to the art world?

Does it translate to the art world?

If every artist is a gold bar, then when gold bars(artists) increase will the value drop?

In societies past art was valued and of value because it was a rare commodity but today artists are a growing trend because the internet has helped us/them reach beyond our city or home base making us/them more easily accessible.

But, Thorton doesn’t say artists are the new gold she says ART is the new GOLD.

What does that mean?

Think about it…what does art have the makes it so valuable?

Well, How about the uniqueness of each and every piece?

It’s like no gold bar is alike making each and every piece valuable.

So yes, perhaps ART is the new GOLD to invest in.

But, the question I want to leave with you is this:

Who decides what is “pure gold” and what is “fools gold” when it comes to art?

Isn’t every piece being genuinely unique enough and valuable unto itself?


Guitar Commission-Part Two

There’s just something about painting 3D objects that’s a fun, fun change from canvas.

The guitar is progressing beautifully.

I’m just waiting for some of the detail work to dry before adding the hands.

Here’s a few pictures to show you the progress. Continue reading “Guitar Commission-Part Two”

Art Flier & Article

Two awesome things today!

1- My coolest and newest ART Flier that I have in circulation! Pass it on! Email it to all your friends & family!

2-Mr. Doug Geivett was kind enough to write a VERY interesting article on my “Guitar-The Colour of Music” piece. Run don’t walk to check it out and I expect everyone to answer all the questions and mail me their used instruments! 😉 Read the article here. Continue reading “Art Flier & Article”