I never believed in a creative Muse that would sit on your shoulder and help you create. I always thought if I concentrated enough, something would pop out of my head and on to my sketchbook or into my hands as I just worked at making art.
If you talk to enough artists, you know you are not alone when you confess to being in a black hole. Often this happens after you finish a major series of work or close down your solo exhibit at a gallery. There is a let down and a wondering "what's next"? This is where I am right now.
This week, I had the chance to visit fiber and mixed media artist Susan Dillon's studio at GRACe. Her studio was a delightful, energetic and chaotic place and new work was simply outstanding. Susan is not one to just do one thing — she explores all her creative ideas at once. (This is not an easy thing to do!). She works on several completely different series but manages to keep exploring each one to it's fullest.
I have known Susan ever since I moved into RiNo. She and her husband had a retail location on Larimer street where Susan created amazing hats and accessories and her husband worked as a professional photographer.
Eventually, they morphed and Susan is now back in her roots as a fiber artist and manages the newest building for creatives called GRACe in the RiNo district of Denver.
Besides introducing you to an amazing artist, I also wanted to confess that I was very jealous of where she is right now. I could just see all the ideas she is working on and just how exciting and unique they are. If I don't get out of my funk soon, I'm going to ask her if I could just sit quietly in her studio and watch her work. Perhaps SHE is the muse I need sitting on my shoulder!
Carol Ann Waugh
I am a mixed media artist and love color and texture!