When brainstorming for new works, I often find myself overthinking everything during the beginning stages. I try to always keep myself in a "learning state of mind" to where I am able to keep myself open to new ideas and materials.
Sometimes that can be freeing. Other times, it feels like a trap. It is freeing when the sense of pressure is off to produce what I actually want to create. It feels like a trap when I am frozen, in a sense, for the fear that I will not be able to pull it off because I am making my own rules (as if there are any ACTUAL rules in art-making). I realize that not everyone can work this way. I sometimes have to ask myself if I can.
I know that the starting point is always the literal hardest part of any creative process. In my personal experience, the fear of a blank canvas can be crippling unless I just go for it without any perfectionism on the forefront.
In the past, I have gotten around this difficulty. It might be gluing various textures/materials to the canvas and reacting to the shape and forms that are created. Other times, I'd hand some paint and brushes to my son (3 at the time) and let him just have fun with it. Leave it to a child to not have any boundaries.
The way I react to what is in front of me has always been very important in the art-making process. I'm resourceful. I have a skill for working with what I have and making it into something greater than expected. When the options seem endless, that is when I have trouble. I almost want some accident to happen to my canvas so I can work around it. How crazy is that? Am I crazy? Having no limits should be an amazing experience, but I just find myself craving the struggle of working with what I have because it is ALL that I have.
"Where do you find inspiration for your work?"