Thursday, March 8, 2012

Weathering the Storm

Sometimes I want to sell everything I own and move to Hawaii, or Fiji, or some other little island in the sun. The thing to do when I get in that kind of mindset is to head off early in the morning to the studio and lose myself in the process of creating. Don't always have a plan when I get there, but as soon as I smell the dried fish in the walls (!!) and then see the work from the last session, I get drawn to the paint like a moth to a flame. Often, a good night's sleep will give my brain the process time it needs to work out some quirky problems that my conscience, analytical self couldn't see before. Taking breaks is a very important part of working hard. Without pauses, I don't see the forest for the trees sometimes.  Tonight I am going to think about the current paintings that are swirling around in my head, and as I fall asleep, I will ask for some insight.  I have often done this, and the next day I get a couple of 'a-ha' experiences. I'm not afraid to give up some control and ask for guidance.  I love it when I just 'go with the flow', and wonderful things appear. It's what keeps us artists coming back for a refill, when we're sure that we have used up our last ounce of 'the gift'. Can't wait to go in tomorrow. Have a great day, you too! C.