How to avoid the over-thinking trap [74]

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Has over-thinking in your studio ever frozen you in your tracks? But you also want to bring more consideration to you art than pure intuition? This one is for you!

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During our conversation with Brian last week, Alice asked “Is it enough to just focus on a buttery brush stroke?” and this led to a discussion of the role of the intellect in painting. Brian suggested that thought must only happen outside the studio, with instinct and intuition being the guide while he is working. So today we thought we’d dive more into this topic.

The balance of feeling and thinking in painting – how much do we need a concept? How important is intellectual thinking? Does working intuitively just mean throwing paint around willy-nilly? At what point is it most effective to think – before, during or after a painting? And is it the same for each of us?

We also play “ask the Brian oracle” with a listener question…

And Louise’s final inspiration (Brian’s statement ‘humidity made me a painter’) might leave you with a question: “What is the one thing we continually come back to in our work?”


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