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I’ve found triggers like that as well, Jill. I tend to take jags where my brain won’t stop working. I have all sorts of creative ideas, but no matter what I’m working on, I keep thinking about the other things I want to do. I’ve learned not to paint (or draw) when I get like that. It’s a good time to start splashing stuff on a page to create backgrounds or cut and glue, but not try anything that takes real focus.
One of the reasons I’ve never tried to go commercial with my work is that I, also, have to be interested in what I’m doing. Nothing stifles my muse like working on someone else’s wonderful idea when I have wonderful ideas of my own on the back burner. Every time I’ve tried this, I end up not drawing or painting for months or even years, in some cases.