Picasso was so prolific. His idea’s for new techniques and new colors stretched the imagination . I read where he would walk thru the front door into a small anti chamber filled with rocks , bones , thumb nail sketches of natures beauty to fire the pistons of creativity . He then would enter a gymnasium size studio with an antique convertible car in the middle of the space. Here he mixed all his paints while surveying in a circle a sea of unfinished paintings. One color on his pallet he would visit each painting using the one color if it needed it. It’s hard to imagine masterpieces painted in an assembly line style production but this is why he was so prolific . The object of my writing today is I just finished a huge show and have another one in one week. I ‘ve been struggling to wrap my brain around new concepts to produce for the new show but can’t seem to get a flow going for the last two weeks. It seems I have a case of the F—- it . Little by little as time dwindles down a self imposed pressure begins to infiltrate my brain. I find the more I touch table saws, jointer , scrap lumber , half completed Idea’s ; the more I feel things in my studio the more I begin to take interest into a sleeping bee hive of creative flow. I keep looking at my studio taking an inventory of what has to be done for the next show but that only produces anxiety . This morning I made a bowl with some funk wood in it . I knew the wood wouldn’t hold but pressure of an impending show said and the need to make money I used it anyway and it flew off smashing into many pieces therefore wasting many good hours . If only I would have listened to my inner thoughts I could have taken the time to do it right and I would have a great piece now. Like Picasso when I feel things I have more of a direct connection to nature and don’t push until I have all the answers . Still learning . I think creative work flow is a natural rhythm stimulated thru contact with nature but it is also stimulated vigorously thru self induced pressure but with different results. I hope some one else has a clearer picture of flow to help me understand the prolific nature to turn it on and off but until then All this and Heaven too.
-- "The hand is the cutting edge of the mind but the wind and sun are the healing factors of the heart