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A Break, Adrenaline, and then a Break

31 March 2017 by Rey Armenteros

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The adrenaline of ideas creates a harmonious bell arc.

You hadn’t painted in about three weeks and all the ideas that you had jotted down for future use are either lost or not as brilliant as you had suspected. You decide that the best momentum is that brought about by work, regardless if you have a lack of ideas. You decide to paint the first thing that came to mind. Okay, that was a mistake, admittedly.

You go on to the next thing that occurs to you. This is better. But what do you want to do with all this? You keep going. You start slow and end slow. But it is in the middle, when the ideas are coming at you too fast to get all down that you are at the very peak of speed and connection.

Life then interrupts, as it is wont to do, or you start that steady decline into the same ideas rolling over each other, and you take another break.

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15 March 2017 by Rey Armenteros

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I bought hundreds of these tiny watercolor papers, and this helped me propel myself forward, going from image to image wth great speed. This acceleration does something to the subject matter, making it flip through multiple possibilities without ever bogging yourself down with deliberation. This helped the content and its placement on the page. It was automatic. There were almost no decisions as ink and water shifted to make these images.

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