Muse n 1: the goddess or power regarded as inspiring a poet, artist, thinker, or the like. 2: a source of inspiration; esp: a guiding genius
I have an internal guide--or muse. And he looks something like this goblin. He doesn't often solve my art problems, but he leans, gently pressuring me to get down with some goofy drawing. I'm not always willing to go in his advised direction, but fighting it often results in poor work. He's been a constant companion all my life, and I am usually content with his...support.
Luckily, my wife is my external muse and my guiding genius. Always, if I am stuck for an idea, or a direction to go with my art (and my driving), Linda comes up with multiple solutions (and the best route). I don't voice my artistic struggle-of-the-moment often enough, or admit that I'm lost. But when I can quit being hard-headed, my wife shows me the way.
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