A huge part of the creative process is knowing when to finish a piece. What makes you decide that a painting is done? How do you know when to step out of the booth in the studio? When is an article edited to it’s fullest? These are questions artists ask themselves all of the time.
Looking at this picture, what do you see? At the end of the day the decision is up to me whether or not to continue working on the painting, but do you think it is complete? Does it send a message or a vibe to you that you feel cannot be given with more work and detail done to the project? What do you think?
I love notable moments in the creative process. It’s moments like those that make me reflect on when all of the greats say to “appreciate the journey”. Above finding a beat to work on a new song (which is definitely one of my top 10 feelings to experience LIVE), listening back to a recording you’ve done that allows you to zone out to your own sh*t is nirvana. It’s moments like those that are indicative of what you should put out. When I realize that time has gone by, I’ve been vibing, imagining visuals along to the lyrics, and at the end I say “what the f*ck just happened?” that’s when I know I’ve got something. As artists we live for these moments.
What is the most surprising thing you discovered about yourself recently? For me it’s that I can’t separate myself from my identity as a musician. After I had that discovery I thought, why would I want to try?
So, what do you think. Is the painting done or nah?