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On Listening...

a section of a piece in progress sitting on an easel in my kitchen.

a section of a piece in progress sitting on an easel in my kitchen.

It's interesting. Over the years I have always been a FAST worker, a FAST painter, a lay it out and get it done, do it once, type of gal. Laying pieces out according to my first impulse and then moving, often forcing, pieces forward in the direction I wanted them to go. I never really stopped to consider or review or listen to what was revealed as the work progressed. I almost never slowed enough to make an adjustment.

Recently this has been changing. I start things and put them away to pull them out another time. I make a few marks and let them sit until feeling out where to place the next ones. I've started to play with intuitive painting process(most recently in Pixie Lighthorse's amazing Virtual Visual Quest course).

It's interesting. It's a little uncomfortable. It's a whole new dance...

I have to listen. In order to listen I need to slow down, trust the process. In order to listen I need to pay attention and really hear. In order to listen I need to stop moving, stop talking, just be...

What's your experience with listening?