What a busy few weeks this has been. My intent is to blog weekly, however, I had no opportunity last week. I am getting ready for ArtFest in April and will write more about this next time. This past weekend I attended a workshop given by Adria Arch, an artist I wrote about in an earlier post. The topic was about how to move forward when you are stuck. It was an intense and useful workshop. What I came away with (yet again) is that I need to relax more into my work and be present with it instead of trying to produce a finished product. I don't know that I will ever be totally free from that inner voice that prompts me to be the best, do the best, etc. but I certainly was able to do this by the end of the weekend. One of the exercises was to do a series and make up rules about the series. So, my rules were: 1) Use black in each piece because I rarely use black 2) Each piece had to have a circle and a curved line 3) As the work evolved, a new rule was to add a turquoise line 4) Each piece would have red dot in a bottom corner. Simple. And it was! I produced six pieces in two and a half hours and did not feel stuck at all. In fact, it freed me and I found this very counter intuitive. I moved quickly from piece to piece, then would go back into a piece and add something, a color, a line that felt right. It was great fun. Although I am an intuitive painter, I also like structure and this provided both for me. What is most important, and the theme for the workshop, is that I shut down the critic in my head. It was a very interesting exercise.