Terri Responded With A Kite!


What a great surprise! Terri responded to our inspiration piece with one of her art kites. Terri uses a kite the same way someone else would use a canvas. ( I know this because I have watched her work…)

Again, this illustrates the idea that your response is interpreted in  or on your media. That is where you create.

Thank you Terri, for your lovely response piece….And here it is next to Pati’s , ‘Tree of Life.)

You can find us here through this site if you want to join in, or through our Facebook page,: www.facebook.com/myartmuse.

Another Response Piece Comes In


A nice surprise this week came in from Barbara in response to Pati’s ‘Tree of Life.’ This was a bit hard to fit in a photo for this blog, but I didn’t want to cut it off. Here is Barbara’s comment on her work:

“My interpretation of Pati’s piece, and all her pieces, is that she has so much to say, words of wisdom. Some hear the words when they view her paintings; others do not.

I had painted this piece of all the beautiful treasures beneath the waves of Glass Beach. The colors reminded me of Pati’s piece and I added the words that reminded me of Pati’s work:

1) Lit within  2)Let other women be beautiful  3) Walk gracefully through your day

Medium: fluid acrylic on watercolor paper with organic cut-out images of words from a book.”

So here are the two pieces together so we can see the influence:

It looks like we are getting to the end of this group of response pieces, so if you are working on one, let us know.

And we will be starting a new strand of responses from a new inspiration piece…stay tuned and consider adding a piece of your work!

Join us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/myartmuse or contact us through the comment section on this blog and jump in on the next round of the Influence and Inspiration Project!

And…we will be showing these works next month at Edgewater Gallery in Fort Bragg, California…stay tuned…

A New Response From Keith

FullSizeRenderSo here is a very abstract response from Keith. He worked in his current color pallet, and kept a free form movement throughout. ‘Full Scale Render’ still stays true to the movements and changes that come from Patti’s inspiration piece.

I hope it is beginning to show that people are working in their own media, and merely responding to what they see and feel from the inspiration piece and not trying to copy what they see.

Join us on this project! The website is www.myartmuse.net and the Facebook page is www.facebook.com/myartmuse We would love to see what your response could be!



Another New Response

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An assemblage came in as a response to Patti’s ‘Tree of Life.’ Debbie’s ‘Summer of 2018’ definitely shows the influence of the female figure in her work. She says the piece started with the female face on the right side and built out from there.

This piece really shows what we are trying emphasize during this project: we are not trying to copy the inspiration piece, we are letting it influence the work we do in our chosen media. I can see the influence of Patti’s idea in what Debbie has presented here.

Another item came up this week in discussing the project. One artist was concerned that she didn’t have time to complete a large painting, (her usual media,) to participate. Again, we emphasize, the point of the project is not to create masterpieces. These exercises are meant to inspire new ideas in your work. A springboard for exploring ideas, trying new media, and reintroducing a sense of fun and playfulness in your artful day. Instead of trying to complete a large work, perhaps some quick sketches around the inspiration piece. Or maybe a smaller work that explores the palette of the inspiration piece?

Again here is Patti’s piece on the right, and Debbie’s response on the left, can you see the influence of ideas?

Come visit our website www.myartmuse.net for information about who we are, and for a quick peek of inspired works as they come in you can find us on Instagram: www.instagram.com/myartmuse2. We will be posting a new inspiration piece next week, so be ready to join us on an inspiring journey as we build this project!

Another Response to ‘The Tree of Life’

xeniaAnd here is another response piece to Patti’s ‘Tree of Life’ This one comes in from Xenia, she remarks, “The top of her (Patti’s) piece reminded me of a volcano eruption.”

Everyone has their own response to a presented artwork, and I can definitely see the explosion of color here, and a similar palette. Xenia worked in an abstract form, showing a very abstract interpretation in her response…Thanks, Xenia!


Here’s another look at our inspiration piece on the left, and Xenia’s response on the right.

The Facebook page for this project is: https://www.facebook.com/myartmuse -Come join us for some definite fun and inspiration!

A Collage Response

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I’m calling this collage piece ‘At Rest.’ It’s a response to Patty’s ‘Tree of Life.’ Looking at Patty’s piece brought back memories of a week spent in the Sierra Mountains and the lesson I learned around how nature may have to take a rest now and again in order to march toward growth and rebirth. Instead of bursting forth in riotous growth, here, the Earth is taking a quiet breath, and looking upon the memories held in the clay and rocks.-Susan

“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.”-Anais Nin

Join in on the project by going to https://www.facebook.com/myartmuse and post your artistic response to one of the artworks by posting below the piece that inspired you, or email us at mail@myartmuse.net and we’ll post it for you….

Out Of The Kiln

IMG_2683Alexis has pulled her response to Patty’s ‘Tree of Life’ from the kiln. She is calling it ‘Soaring.’

‘Tree of Life’ evoked this response from Alexis, “When I looked at Patty’s ‘Tree of Life’ piece I was struck by the tree also being a woman…I felt like I wanted to soar, so I created my piece with a woman leaning out over space anchored only by her outstretched foot….”

Come join the project! Make an artwork of your own using either Patty’s or Alexis’ piece for inspiration. Head over to https:// www.facebook.com/myartmuse to post your response below the image that inspired you or email us at mail@myartmuse.net and we will post it for you.

And stay tuned here for the next inspired artwork!

Influence and Inspiration 2018


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Hurrah! The online segment of the Influence and Inspiration Project is picking up steam again! Since the showing of the project last spring, Alexis and I have concentrated on presenting workshops introducing this method of sharing work back and forth. The workshop has been an extraordinary step in developing a way to share The Influence and Inspiration experience.

The original project worked like this: Artist A created a relatively quick art piece and handed it to Artist B. Artist B then used that work to create a new piece inspired by Artist A’s work. When finished with her work, Artist B handed her finished piece to Artist A and Artist A then created a new piece inspired by Artist B’s work. This back and forth flow of ideas and responses built an incredible line of works that you can visit in the earlier blogs here.

We discovered several surprising returns from this exchange:

-We gained insight into our work by “seeing” our art through another person’s eyes.

-We became more comfortable trying new techniques and materials.

-We found a freedom of play that spilled over in our regular art practice.

-We could meet the challenge of finding ways to convey our inspiration in each response.

-We became more aware of our own personal “language” that appears in our art.

Now this leads us to the next phase of the Influence and Inspiration Project:

You!-the Inspiring, Creatives who want to give this project a try!

We will post an inspiration piece on this blog and on our Facebook page. You will use this piece as an inspiration to launch an artwork of your own. When you are finished, head over to our Facebook page (https://facebook.com/myartmuse ) and post an image of your work in the comment section below the image that inspired you. Or email us and we will post it for you. You can email us at: mail@myartmuse.net.

We will also post images of peoples works on this blog as we can. Next, we will choose an image for the next round. Your posted image just may inspire someone, so be ready to grow and experiment and dig deeper into your art, have fun and join a community of artists willing to leap forward creatively.

To kick this off here is our first inspiration piece:

It is by Patty, who was inspired to create this bold mixed media work after one of our workshops. It measures 16” x 22.”


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And now, here is a second shot with Alexis’ ceramic sculpture in response to Patty’s work. We photographed the sculpture before firing, so the finished piece is yet to come.


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And here’s what Alexis has to say about this trade:

“When I looked at Patty’s ‘Tree of Life’ piece I was struck by the tree also being a woman. As I gazed into the branches of the tree I felt like I wanted to soar so I created my piece with a woman leaning out over space anchored only by her outstretched foot. I’m still thinking about how to glaze this piece and whether it is about freedom or escape. It is interesting where I went in my thoughts and I’m looking forward to the decisions I make around the glazing process-what meaning the piece will ultimately have for me.”

So now it’s time to show your stuff! Use Patty’s piece as your launching pad for a response piece of your own, then head over to Facebook https://facebook.com/myartmuse to post your work, and help build this community of artists inspiring each other to support and grow along our creative paths. Or email us with your response to mail@myartmuse.net

And one more thing…please forward this announcement to any friend who might like to join us.

We can’t wait to see what inspires you!

On To The Next Project!

We are having too much fun with all the side projects from The Influence and Inspiration Project! Alexis and I have opened a lifetime of good stuff to come from one year of our works and ideas….and we see a future where we will find ways to share the good stuff with readers, followers and friends.

So, from our workshops we want to share ideas with folks who can’t attend the workshops in person. Alexis has been working on compiling insights, ideas and suggested projects in the form of some e-books that will be available through Etsy as digital downloads. The first two books are now available! Here’s a sneak peak:

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‘Feed Your Muse: Finding Your Voice

offers projects, ideas and inspirations to grow your own voice as an artist, and:

cover where inspiration‘Where Inspiration Comes From’

offers projects, ideas and inspiration to keep your artistic ideas full and flowing.

Each book is available as a digital download through Etsy for $4.99! We hope you will find them inspiring and useful in your artistic journeys.

And on to the new news….I am officially announcing our new I and I Project! Alexis and I will be implementing one of the projects from the e-book above, ‘Finding Your Voice.’ Here, we will each commit to a series of pieces repeating the same idea put in a new way. I have decided that water, its abundance and scarcity, is having a profound influence on my life this summer. So my project will center around aspects and ideas around water in my life….(now that I have made my public commitment, watch, as Alexis beats me to the first artwork!)

And if you want to join in on the project comment here or on the website, and we’ll get you into this next challenge! What series of pieces can you repeat in new ways?

And stop by for a visit on our website: myartmuse.net for more fun and community.


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