There are times when I'm experimenting with a new image, well new to incorporating slight abstraction to an image I'm familiar with, when I feel myself tighten up and question my decisions. These are the times that it's imperative for me to remember that layers only add interest and to allow myself to keep in mind that this is just an experiment, ultimately a joyful experience. This is also the time I often switch hands and work with my non-dominant hand which not only has the benefit of connecting my to my creative brain but also forces me to let go and loosen up.
Sometimes I have to step back, away from the canvas and even out of my studio. Some days I go for a walk along the creek or read awhile or put on different music. Other times I go through my portfolio of past work. These are valuable moments for me as they are the times that a colour or line will or passage in music will inspire a new direction in the work. There are times that just disconnecting and allowing my mind to come up with a solution without my assistance is the best course of action.
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