Starling: Sources of Inspiration
Muses, Angels & Duende...
The Creative Energy Behind The Forms
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Angels and Art
Romany, Carmen Amaya & Flamenco
- Consider your relationship to each of the sources of inspiration discussed. Which force or energy most often guides you into practice? The muse, the angel…the elusive duende?
- When you look at your body of work…do you see times you have worked with different forces or energies behind inspiration?
- Obviously no everyone will sense these forces as real…only ideas. Some of you will have had encounters and connections with these forces that make you know they are very real. So what is your relationship to this idea. Are there cosmic, spiritual forces of inspiration in your worldview? Have you ever heard a muse, had a visitation from an angel or felt the duende within?
- How have you considered these personifications of these forces before? Have you created your own relationships, stories…myths or images that give you connection to creative energies?
- Look at the works by your favorite creators and artists…can you sense the spirit of the inspiration behind their forms?
- Maybe explore art and allow yourself to imagine the force of creativity that inspired the artist to action.
- Read or listen to Lorca’s essay and see how it moves you. See if it causes you to feel anything or prompt you to allow expression to inhabit you more fully.
- I made a playlist of music that I feel may have a little duende to it that is in the show notes this week. See if you agree with my choices…maybe create your own playlist of music you feel has duende.
- Dance a bit, create poetry…play an instrument or make a rhythm and just let go of the rules you feel have to give structure to your creation…what arrives.
Obviously I cannot give you a map or any exercises for finding duende…but you can explore your own connections and see if you can allow it access. You can welcome your muse and angel to your practice…and sense into your own relationships to inspiration.
Myths are not a fixed thing…they can shift and move with the times. Perhaps you. Have your own theories and myths…manifestos about artistic inspiration that are in you right now…waiting to be fleshed out and given form. Maybe it is time to welcome your own mythologies, manifestos and ideas. As many of the greatest creators have done…