Inspiration, for me, comes from so many things: myth, music, memories, dreams, a good walk in the hills with my dog at my side...but also from the work of other women, past and present, who have dared to be artists in one field or another: dared to speak up, to be heard, to be seen, and to take their art, and thus themselves, seriously.
Today I am starting a series of occasional posts about some of the woman who have inspire me, starting with two women born in two different centuries: the American poet Emily Dickison
(1830 - 1886), and the contemporary American painter & sculptor Jeanie Tomanek.
About her new painting (above), "Letter to the World," Jeanie writes: "Emily Dickinson said her poems were 'my letter to the world that never wrote to me.' She's always been a favorite of mine." You can see more of Jeanie's gorgeous work on her website, and at Everywoman Art; and read about her in "The Heart's Desire" from The Journal of Mythic Arts.
The famously reclusive Dickinson once wrote: "You ask of my companions. Hills, sir, and the sundown, and a dog as large as myself that my father bought me. They are better than human beings, because they know but do not tell."
The hills, sundown, and a canine companion. Potent inspiration indeed.