Expressive painting is a great tool for freeing up the mind. I needed to just doodle today. Not to try and work towards a finished piece, but to just make marks and see what happens. I use this method in my 'Unlocking Creativity' Workshop (see sidebar for details). Its tremendously energizing and often new ways of working suddenly appear. So today I spent an hour slapping paint on, taking it off, covering over bits and scraping away. Images started to appear out of the black. Crow came to mind, so that's what I did.