I am learning about the ebb and flow of days. There is always something to do, and in art especially one can always draw.
I realized late last night that it doesn’t matter whether I work from a photograph, or from life, or from drawings, or imagination, or memory, or invention, or whatever.
What matters is the sense of conviction — when you feel that each decision is “true” then you put things together using your unconscious skills. The picture will have cohesion because the ideas in your head will have cohesion.
I like to work from life most of all because in that instance I am least aware of making the choices and am most caught up in the motif so that the unconscious can have complete sway. It is the very opposite of slavish imitation — it is a complete freedom from imitation that one finds inside imitation.