The question I get most often about my art is, "What were you thinking when you did that?" My usual answer is, "I wasn't thinking."
While my mind clearly works as I create, I also understand that not letting "thought paralysis" get in the way is essential to letting a picture take on its own life.
The images or impressions start with ideas or feelings which then become a direction to be pursued. I almost automatically remind myself not to over-think it.
When I re-started my interest in art a few years ago, each work was launched and landed with minimal interruptions. Time disappeared and getting lost in the creative process took over. I have the luxury of time at this point in my life.
There is no surprise that having few other demands in my days and hardly any deadlines can also be a rabbit hole. And I do end up down there with Alice quite often.
I might do twenty versions of a picture. I let them sit. And when I go back with rested eyes, I'll often choose the fourth or fifth version as the final. Sometimes I takes twenty or thirty attempts to get a piece where I want it, and I have to let sanity whisper to me. "Stop."
Some of my best works happen quickly. I like the simplicity as it eludes me most of the time.
Other works, the majority of them I think, find their way to the finish line very slowly.
Hey, what's the rush? If I've learned anything in life, it is "don't force it." Creativity has its own life, its own pace, and if you let it, creativity will bring joy, happiness, contentment, etc. Until you start on the next piece.
The primary observation of my work by others is, "It's original." That for me is relief. It's also what keeps me going. I believe the best gift I can share with this world is the unusual vision of how I see things. I hope you discover something in my work that touches something in you. I believe you will find new things the more you look at each individual piece. That is intentional.
I don't want to give you just a summer sunset or the flapping wing of a bird. I want what appears like a routine sunset to reveal something significant to that particular day that did not happen before and might not happen again. I want the bird's wing to stir your eyes to look to the background where the real story of the picture is being told.
Most of all, I want my art to always give you something to think about, feel, or remember every time you look at it. That, my friends, makes it all worthwhile for me and hopefully for you.