There is a force -- a creative urge -- that artists often feel when they work. Oftentimes, when the work goes well, this force can put us into a form of trance in which ime stands still and the world's concerns fall away. Nothing else matters.
This force is a better painter than I am, and it's often insistent on how to proceed. Sometimes it's so insistent that I, the artist, need to step aside and let it do its thing...and when I can't let go of control, when I get my nose too much in the creative force's process, it yells at me: "Sit down, shut up, and hand over the paintbrush!"
So I sit down and let the work proceed. When the work is finished, I come out of the trance...and usually get a nice warm feeling at what's been created.
I hope you get a nice warm feeling too.
- Jim Parks






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