There isn’t much I have to say that I wouldn’t rather just shut up and do.
When I paint, I frequently have only a very vague idea or sometimes -- no idea at all -- of what I am searching for in the new work. I start somewhere, and often, the finished piece is so far away from where it started, it's unrecognizable. One of my favorite things about working this way is that I discover things -- such as shapes and images -- that I just couldn't invent.
I just discovered this great blog post about an artist/craftsman named Wendell Castle at Emily Evans Eerdmans' blog. Wendell Castle has been creating amazing furniture for over 50 years. He has ten "Adopted Rules of Thumb" for staying at the top of one's creative game that I find very compelling:
I recently read an article by a representational painter on another blog, in which the writer said that one should very carefully and thoroughly plan one's paintings. My first thought was, "No waaaaay!" That would take all the fun out the process of discovery that, for me at least, is a great deal of what painting is about.