Starting simple: How creators do it
When I was speaking recently with the artist Schnicker (yes, inartfully made up name) about his work process, what stood out was how simple he’d made his starting process.
His work space is a detached structure in his back yard. He starts early, after the coffee kicks in.
Upon entering the studio he performs 15 minutes of light stretching — what some might call yin movement — with the painting he’s working on in full view.
He’s done his share of yoga and other body articulating exercises over the years, so this 15 minutes is a mashup of some of his favorite postures and stretches.
After 15 minutes of body wake up — studying the painting in an almost off-hand way throughout — he knows exactly where to start.
He steps forward, opens his paints, grabs an implement . . . and he’s off and away.
(Note the simplicity of the pattern, the one thing leading to the next, till he’s in — in creative production mode — without having to overthink a bit of it. In fact, without having to really think at all.)
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