This image has stuck in my mind and replayed over and over again. I saved this image almost ten years ago now and I knew that deep down this was what I wanted. Tea and paint.
Having this vision, that resonated so deeply spurred the action subconsciously to head towards where I currently am. The way that the image captures the state of flow and creative reflection and exhaustion is what drew me to it. There are different states of being: the everyday, the state of creative frustration/ thinking/ fear about making, the flow (which is the magical place where hours pass by) and the creative exhaustion and reflection which vacillates between euphoria and self-doubt.
The right image, which evokes the dream, can open a different subconscious form of action and desire. There can be joy in desiring - listen to Bach’s ‘Man’s Joy of Desiring’ for an alternate abstract expression of the power of dreaming and desire.
Being creative is about listening to those small sparks of wonder. Some say being creative is about taking risks, which it is, but I think it would be far riskier not to try, because then you would never know the road not taken. If it fails, just paint over it, metaphorically too.