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Rx for Good Painting and Poetry

Rest, relaxation and renewal are the key elements for creativity. 
 
Ideas flow freely when a body has been at rest.  Creativity becomes alert at the first wakeful moment of the day for me.  Poetry flows like a river with its own momentum.  Having a pad and pencil ready to capture my thoughts is crucial.
 
Relaxation frees my mind to draw what I see; not what I think it should look like.  Lines of a drawing create negative and positive shapes for the beginning of a painting.  The next step is preparing the paper with clear water and adding three background colors while the paper is still wet.  When the paper is dry I begin to paint shapes, wetting the shape with clear water and dropping color into the shape, smoothing the hard lines with a clear wet brush.  The painting begins to appear.
 
Renewal is the sense of achieving the effect I create.  I experience total immersion into oblivion as time passes during the creative process.  Standing back to observe the result of this time lapse brings a sense of renewal in the creatve process which allows me to express my inner self.  It brings a humbling sense of gratitude.

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