In the same way I approach a seemingly difficult problem, whether it is a sticking point in an artwork or personal. I can search high and low for an answer, but the more my mind struggles for a solution the further away it gets. The answer is sit by the muddy stream of mind and wait for it to clear. We all 'think' too much about what we should or shouldn't do, or what others should or shouldn't do. Everyone has an opinion about how everyone else should live their lives, or we struggle with creative blockages. A Zen saying goes ' We cannot see our reflection in running water, it is only in still water that we can see'.
So that is what I have done today....sat quietly in my studio, watching the little birds feeding, feeling the sun on my face, listening to the sea gulls noisily squabbling, preparing canvases, waiting for them to dry and when I stopped worrying about what to do next, it all just slotted into place. No chasing around looking for the scary lights, eventually they came to me and they were no longer scary.
I have a few small canvases that I want to use up. Generally speaking I prefer to work on much larger ones. I do feel though it's good to have a range of sizes. Some people may like my work but don't have the space to accommodate a 100cm X 70cm picture, others may not want to spend the money on a large artwork.
A blustery afternoon yesterday and a very wet walk along the prom.