Sunday, August 14, 2011

Fighting Artistic Resistance

Back in the studio this morning, trying to attract the Muse, I'm pushing ahead on the enamel setting, despite feeling that the work is too much the same as some previous creations (but different enamels). Just do it, I tell myself.

copper with painted enamel of oriole bird set in silver metal clay

When we sit own each day and do our work, power concentrates around us. The Muse takes note of our dedication. She approves. We have earned favor in her sight. When we sit down and work, we become like a magnetized rod that attracts iron filings. Ideas come. Insights accrete. 
-- from "The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles" by Steven Pressfield

I realized again today, as many times in the past when I've had a bit of a creative block, that I haven't bought any new music in some time. So I've caved to Reistance long enough to visit iTunes and purchase a couple of new albums. In my memories, specific albums are attached to major work. Something about the music actually makes the connection to the Muse easier. So today, I'm listening to Barton Hollow by The Civil Wars and Brandi Carlisle's "The Story."