Deuce is not ashamed to admit that he spent many years working with a psychotherapist. Initially, the work related to losing his next door girl friend when her master lost the house and she had to move away.
But over the years, therapist and canine explored his life as his training at Petsmart, life with Lolita, and creative life.
In fact Deuce’s therapist had a deep curiosity about the creative process and helped Deuce a lot to articulate the essential phases of the creative cycle. In particular, the psycho-therapeutic process revealed a lot about an early phase of that creative cycle – creative thought and conception. How often during Deuce’s therapy sessions would his mind race ahead, would he react emotionally to something he recalled and begin to digress away from the thought itself. At these times, Therapist would gently bring Deuce back to the thought itself, as painful as it might be. He encouraged Deuce to stay with the thought, to stay with the sometimes hard feelings associated with the thought. He encouraged Deuce always to stay in process, to allow for all the little baby steps necessary to fully explore the subject at hand.
At the beginning of a project, an artist is full of thoughts about his subject, his chosen medium, the ideas and emotions he hopes to convey, the technical aspects of the project he hopes to explore, the learning work he anticipates. There is a lot going on, all informed by the artist’s great enthusiasm for a new project. Her natural creative drive tugs at her to begin applying paint to canvas. Be it a formal or informal process, an intensely conscious process or a largely unconscious process, artists have engaged in a substantial amount of thinking, of conceptually organizing the elements of her project before actual project execution.
Enjoy discovering the nature of your own creative thought process, and refining that process. As you deepen your commitment to that process, and fully value it, you can enjoy a powerful flow, a true creative channeling of His energy during your project execution.