Mindy’s Muse is a portrait of Calliope the muse of writers, who’s name means beautiful voiced. One of nine sisters each represents some aspect of cultured excellence. Calliope is known for eloquence, poetry, music, and song. In this scene she is going over a draft compositions, like any teacher she starts early (in a dawning light.). Mindy is a writer and dear friend.
“O Divine Poesy, goddess, daughter of Zeus, sustain for me this song of the various-minded man who, after he had plundered the innermost citadel of hallowed Troy, was made to stay grievously about the coasts of men, the sport of their customs, good and bad, while his heart, through all the sea-faring, ached with an agony to redeem himself and bring his company safe home. Vain hope – for them. The fools! Their own witlessness cast them aside. To destroy for meat the oxen of the most exalted Sun, wherefore the Sun-god blotted out the day of their return. Make this tale live for us in all its many bearings, O Muse.”
― from Homer’s Odyssey, translation by T.E. Lawrence―
― Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles ―
Working with some thumbnail sketches to close in on an idea. We wanted the muse generating pages; so one was spinning an another was blowing pages as a child might blow bubbles. We settled on dripping pages from a pen. the wild hair is like an antenna for ideas, and the headdress symbolizes a pen.  
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Mindy's Muse
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Mindy's Muse

Pencil drawing and digital color. The Muse of writers, featuring restrained use of color for a pensive vibe.
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