There is a force -- a creative urge -- that artists often feel overtake them when they work. I am one of those artists. When I start to work, often I feel a sense of trance coming on...a state of "flow." Time stands still and the world's concerns fall away.This force is a better painter than I am. It is often insistent on how to proceed. Sometimes it is so insistent that I need to step aside and let it take over. That's how it usually goes, but there are some occasions when I can't let go of control, when I get my nose too much in the process. The force yells at me, "Sit down, shut up, and hand over the paintbrush!" I must obey.
 
When the work is finished, I come out of the trance and look at at what's been created. I'm always surprised and delighted at the result. 
 
I hope you viewers are surprised and delighted as well.
 
- Jim Parks

 

 

 

 

 

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