"Ask anyone doing truly creative work, and they'll tell you the truth: They don't know where the good stuff comes from. They just show up and do their thing. Every day." ~ Austin Kleon
It's not always easy to do the work every day. A lot of days I feel like I'm taking many steps back instead of moving forward. And that is very, very hard on the creative psyche.
But then, after sleeping on it for a night, I can get back into the studio and look at everything with new eyes. Refreshed. Try new things. And it is then that I can see the connections I had made the previous day (or days) and know where I need to make adjustments. That is why it is so important for me to work on several projects at once and to keep slogging through. It can be very disheartening when I'm stuck.
I've noticed recently that my style of working on canvas has shifted. I'm still working with layers of colour and pattern, but instead of that becoming the central focus of the work, it's become the background. This is interesting to me as this was exactly what I tried to do many years ago, without success.
And though it feels as though this has happened organically and without trying, without struggle, it has taken 10 years to get here. And over a thousand paintings. It's this that keeps me creating year after year.
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