Dante's Daffodils, Original Mixed Media Art
Did you ever hear the story of how J.K Rowling came up with the idea for the Harry Potter series? She says "I was travelling back to London on my own on a crowded train, and the idea for Harry Potter simply fell into my head."
Have you hear of that concept before? I was recently reading a story about Gloria Vanderbilt and she was discussing her writings. The New York Times reported: "Of the erotic novel, “Obsession,” she said: “That was so much fun. It was almost as if somebody else wrote it and it just sort of fell on the page."
Gods, Angels and Muses
The ancient Greeks had an explanation for this, they felt that art and poetry came to use through the gods, or muses. Plato's Phaedrus described it as the "noble effect of heaven sent madness"
In her book, Big Magic Elizabeth Gilbert explains "In ancient Greece and ancient Rome people did not happen to believe that creativity came from human beings back then. People believed that creativity was this divine attendant spirit that came to human beings from some distant and unknowable source for distant and unknowable reasons. The Greeks famously called these divine attendant spirits of creativity ‘Daemons’. Socrates famously believed that he had a Daemon who spoke to him from afar. The Romans had the same idea but they called that sort of disembodied spirit a ‘Genius’, which was great because the Romans did not actually think that a genius was a particularly clever individual, they believed that a genius was this sort of magical divine entity who was believed to literally live in the walls of an artist’s studio … and who would come out and invisibly assist the artist with their work and who would shape the outcome of that work."
and for those looking for a painter's perspective Philip Guston said
"I go to my studio every day, because one day I may go and the Angel will be there. What if I don’t go and the Angel came?"
I get that feeling sometimes when I paint. In other words, that the power is not mine. I think that is why sometimes I, we, get insecure with our work. Because we don't believe it is us who really created the art but some divine intervention. As a result, we worry we will never be able to invoke that muse again.
That is why I titled this painting Dante's Daffodils.
Dante conceives of the Muses as effective allegories of his poetic talent, a talent he perceives to be a gift of the Gods. He recognizes that his art is beyond his innate poetic talent and need divine inspiration.
Size: 18x24" art has 1-1/2" sides painted black.
Medium: Mixed Media, acrylic collage and watercolor on canvas
The gallery wrapped canvas is wired and ready to display on your wall without a frame. I've shown it here over a leather Pottery Barn couch but really, you can display the art anywhere that you desire a pop of color.
There is only one original painting of this art available at www.SchulmanArt.com and once it's gone...it's gone.