The discussion around the watercooler* this morning is about artistic inspiration and how it relates to crows and pointy hats: Why do so many people use the crow images and pointy hats in their collage art? Is it because Claudine and Teesha do it so it's cool? Do crows hold some magic inspirational power that hasn't hit me yet? And what do pointy hats mean? What is the artist saying with the hat? Is art created with crows and hat the muse** for new collage artists? Or are people just recreating what they see in books and magazines for the sake of making something?
Near the table*** where I make art, my favorite image hangs on the wall. It has no crow, no hat, no wings. It isn't even a style of art I really like or create. It has a feeling of frustration and angst and the feeling of wanting to hide and THAT is what I like. That mood is what inspires me. Who hasn't felt like that once in a while?
I am not sure what the title of the art is but it is by Moebius. I look at this every day. Every day it inspires me. I've never recreated the image with my own pen or paint even though it is my muse. So, here's the burning question of the day (good thing we're near water): Why are so many artists using the same exact images when there are so many images and symbols that could be used?
*In this case the watercooler is in a city far away. I just print the emails out and read them while standing in front of my refrigerator that dispenses water in the house where I live, work, and watch The Amazing Race.
** I hate the word muse.
*** An ironing board in a big closet
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