Finding my muse

After a very hectic school year, I find myself caught up in the swirl of Christmas preparations. At the back of my mind I hear a voice telling me this is a good time to really get stuck into my art again. I set aside a painting day today, and while it was somewhat productive (I started a canvas, fiddled around with another one…) there was no oomph or enthusiasm. I felt flat. I’ve been thinking about a quote by Chagall; “when I paint from the heart almost everything works, if from the head almost nothing”

Today I was very much in my head.

I think I need to be true to my style and inklings. I need to be true to my inner muse that takes delight and preference in some ideas more than others. For example, some of my paintings I can look at and remember how much joy they brought me to create. This is the place I need to find again. Perhaps it means to spend time with God, pursuing him more than people. Perhaps some healthy solitude rather than looking for human affirmations.

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This is a large painting from a few years back. The reason I post it is that it is one of my favourites; the process of creating it inspired me and nourished my soul.

Tomorrow is another day.

Alyssa Kanitsch

As an artist, I am deeply inspired by imagery that explores tangible metaphors. This is perhaps why I am drawn to the world of fairytale, fantasy, dreams and iconic or religious artwork; especially from artists in the early renaissance. In many of my paintings, I try to use images, landscapes and objects to weave together a story or a sense of nostalgia and distant memory. My favourite art medium is acrylics, however, I also love mucking around with mixed media and pastel, and I occasionally work with oils. I have been known to paint furniture, murals and surfboards, mostly because I love to surround myself with the energy of colour.

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