Digital Art Muses

Digital artistry operates on the same principles as all other types of art. The Muses who watch over this particular form of art each have their own areas they protect and inspire. Like the sister-goddesses of Greek Myth, there are nine digital artistry muses:

Esperanza: Story
Esperanza: Story 

The old storytellers of Native America tell us --
 "The real power of the story is that as you tell it,
it begins to happen."

"Whoever survives a test, 
whatever it may be, 
must tell the story."
   -- Elie Wiesel
Not all art tells a tale, but sometimes all the elements of an image come together to create a story that reflects you and the world around you. In that moment, a spark passes between you, the artist, and the viewer, and a new ray of hope is born into the world. 


Bailanda: Dance
Bailanda: Energy, movement and dance 

"One must have chaos in oneself 
in order to give birth to a dancing star."        
 -- Friedrich Nietzsche

"She decided to free herself, 
dance into the wind, create a new language.  
And birds fluttered around her, writing "yes" into the sky."
-- Monique Duval

Lines and direction create movement in an image and lead the viewer’s attention to certain areas creating a more interesting and balanced visual flow. When an image dances, it creates energy within the viewer.

Harmonia: Amor Y Gratitude
Harmonia: Unity and Harmony

“In unity all opposites
support each other."
-- Swami Chetanananda
“Out of clutter, find simplicity.”
― Albert Einstein
“There is not a 
fragment in all nature, 
for every relative fragment 
of one thing 
is a full harmonious unit in itself.”
― John Muir

 Harmonia sounds the call for love and gratitude. The primal sound of conch connects us with nature and the mysteries of the world unseen, the world artists attempt to capture with their arts.

Digital art often blends many different elements together. Art happens when they are joined together in harmony and tone achieving a wholeness that creates something new, a bit of beauty and peace that feeds a hungry world.

Other muses waiting to manifest themselves:

Ariana: Color, Adjusting the dominant color scheme, or weighing it toward a warm or cool color bias, can create unity and balance as well as an altered mood.
Luna: Value, contrast, balance - Varying the placement of light and dark within the composition can create emphasis, contrast or balance, depending on intent.
Alicia: Shape, using proportion and scale, to change how we relate to the elements of the image.
Marvella: Magic and fantasy, using the juxtaposition of reality and imagination in a way that leads to truth.
Cantarla: Repetition, music, and rhythm through tone and texture. Accentuating the tonal intensity and perception of texture can create rhythm and emphasis and create a kinesthetic connection with the world.
Profunda: Surprise and Mystery … unexpected combinations or altered perceived distances can create an overall change in proportions, generating a sense of surprise or mystery that deepens our connection with the world.


  1. I have always appreciated LIz Gilbert's TED talk where she reveals her own relationship with her muse.

    Perhaps now people seeking a closer connection with their muse will gain insight from your suggesting what those muses might look like.


  2. Hugh, she's one of my favorites, too. I think I'm going to rewatch this TED talk. Thanks.