Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Breaking Solitude: The Artist Approaches The Muse

"Consultation" by Jim Carpenter, Acrylic on Paper, 6.5" x 4.5"

 Painting #14 - Day #17 in the 30 in 30 Challenge

This is a small painting about a big idea.   I might see it as a reminder that, although it is often said that being an artist is a lonely occupation, conjuring up images of the artist alone in his studio with nothing for company save the canvas, there are countless ways for artists to socialize and to be supportive of one another, to paint together, to collaborate, and to share knowledge and insights.  This 30 in 30 challenge is a perfect example of the community spirit in art. 

Still, when push comes to shove, in the sense that art is a form of personal self expression, and is the artist's own interpretation of the world around him, making art is seen largely as a solitary endeavor.  And, I would suggest that artists have felt this aloneness for thousands of years, and have acknowledged a need for courage, support and inspiration.  That's why in ancient Greece we find these elements embodied in the Nine Muses

I see this painting, "Consultation," as allegorical. The apprentice seeks counsel from the master, the artist approaches the Muse.  Where does the individual artist go for inspiration and support and courage today? 


  1. Jim this really caught my eye. Your work is wonderful, and I love reading your blog as well. So glad you are taking the challenge. I think you are right, that we all care about art. I think, that is why I have been struggling at times during this challenge. And even though, we are all working separate from each other, it is nice to feel a part of this community.

    1. Thank you for your very thoughtful comment, Sheila.