In every artist’s process and through every project there are decisions to be made — less/more; larger/smaller; darker/lighter; severe/buoyant; textured/flat — there are no correct answers, only intuition.
Making inspired decisions must always come intuitively whether based on your perceived audience, personal taste, budget, or style. Ultimately, whatever choices you make, it is your intuition that should make the final decision. Learn to become in tune with it. Don’t fight it. And, most of all, don’t labor over it.
Whether you literally break a sweat and toil over an ingenious outcome or make a snap intuitive judgment, you will never ever make the absolute right and correct choice 100% of the time – statistically, under the best of circumstances, and even after careful, calculated and prolonged thought, your chances of hitting a perfect bull’s-eye will be somewhere between a 50% – 75% success rate at the very best. So why sweat it? Simply make instinctive and intuitive choices and move forward.
When creating, throw caution to the wind and don’t allow your myriad opportunities and imaginative paths to distract you from the easy flow of your process. Follow your heart. Feel your next move. If push comes to shove, and you find yourself absolutely stuck in an arty quandary, literally toss the dice, flip a coin, pick a straw, and then roll with the choice. If you make a pick and you then sense or feel any amount of anxiety or distress, then simply make the opposite decison, and roll with that.
Remember that your intuitive choices are the only actions that matter when you make your art. If you are happy with the decisions you make then nothing else, or no other choice matters. Tap into that part of you that already knows the next and correct step and create with abandon.
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