We are used to plan everything before we start doing. Let us see what happens when
we plan ahead. Since we know what we are going to do, some of the interest in what
we do has gone away already, because we know the end even before we start.
Since we have placed a goal that we want to achieve, every step that we make toward
that goal is then being compared to the way we want it to be. We see how far it is
still from the goal, how it is not precisely what we want it to be. We see how much
more we have to work to reach a successful end. As a result of all of these, what
we do every moment of the art-making becomes a torture.
If we do not plan, we do not know what the next step will be and where it will lead
us. This makes it possible to wonder, to be curious, to look carefully at what we
make. These characteristics, the curiosity, the interest, the careful looking, are
much better states to be in than torture.
In other words, working toward a goal in art teaches us to always suffer now for
something that we want to achieve in the future. If we do not plan, we learn to enjoy
every step deeply.
2. Start as if you have never, in your life before, seen any of the art materials
that you have, and you are just interested in what can be done with these things
on a piece of paper. How will it look and how will you feel, if you put this paint
on this paper?
It does not matter at all how you start. Anything that you make on the paper is a
good start. The more important thing is how you will continue. Being in a child-like,
curious, playful state to begin the process is very good.
A second way to start:
Make the first shape a bait for subconscious material to come up.
3. As you work, it is much better to be in a questioning state of mind than in a
knowing state of mind.
If we work from knowing, we are limiting the possibilities to only what we already
know. If we work from a questioning state of mind, we open ourselves to endless more
possibilities. Mainly, we open ourselves to going deeper into the subconscious.
The question to keep in mind will be explained in the next page.