Thoughts on Process (4)

12. Producing is progress, even it if it’s bad. Doing the work works.

13. I’m not really better or more creative after a drink. It happens anyway.

14. Gratitude matters. Go say thanks to someone who you know you should say thank you to, but haven’t. It will pay forward so much, and pay back even more.

15. Ask. Try. Fail. Try again.

16. If you put the paint palette, loaded up paint brush, or turp/coffee/full tray of pastels near the edge of the table and think “eh, it’ll be ok”, it’s like daring a puppy not to lick your face. And your floor will hate you.

Thoughts on Process (3)

Smoke Detectors, coffee shakes, and multiples. 

9. When you find your rhythm, a smoke detector will start chirping. And you won't be able to figure out which freaking one it is.

10. Having the shakes from too much caffeine only occurs during the detail drawings. 

11. Working in multiples takes the preciousness away from any one piece. So does knowing that if you keep avoiding getting back to the 'started one' that you love so much and are afraid you might mess up, it's just going to stare at you awkwardly, in that 'bore-a-hole in your soul' sort of unblinking way. At that point it's worth screwing it up, even if to just gouge it's judging eyes out. 

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Thoughts on Process (2)

Mallets, and the discomfort of pushing through being stuck.

...5. In the end, getting unstuck usually means making some real dog work, and pushing past it. Pushing past it is sometimes as fun as dropping a heavy metal plate on your toe.  

6. Early is good. Take that as you like 

7. Right handed? Paint water on the right. Coffee on the way left. 

8. Never leave your mallet low enough for the 2 year old to reach... 

Thoughts on Process (1)

Occasional notes and thoughts on art, artistic process, and the business of art. 

1. The best ideas keep you up, don't let you sleep, and nag at you until you make them happen.... no matter how long it takes. 

2. It's amazing what you can get done in 15 minutes

3. I never, ever, ever want to limit my self definition to something as one-dimensional as a brand. I am not a commodity. 

4. Learning good lessons is hard. And usually involves skinned knees and lightly bruised egos. ...And involves some annoying, if helpful, introspection. 

...to be continued...