The clock just chimed and I didn't count the number. I've been working on graphics for the book I'm writing, and I just realized that I have no idea if it's noon or dinner time. I love it when that happens! A client named it "time without time." Sometimes all I need is a pen and a piece of paper (and my reading glasses). I have been listening to Pink Floyd and floating through my own private Wonderland. I haven't landed on just the right image yet, but I sure am enjoying my time! The right image will come, I'll experiment with some color when the ink is dry and see what happens.
Sometimes I expect my first try to be perfect. It hardly ever works out that way. I can have what I think is the perfect image "in my head" and it just won't translate to paper, or fabric, or words, or whatever. That is the creative process. First, there is creative dreaming followed by execution, sometimes successful, sometimes not. Next comes creative problem solving, sometimes successful, sometimes not. Then there is more dreaming and executing, tweaking and futzing and holding my tongue just right. I repeat this cycle several times (including breaks for lip balm) and in its own time, a finished piece emerges.
I can't wait to get back to my doodles. Not only is the process meditative and soothing, it's a heck of a lot of fun!
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