As I said recently, I am on kinda a high from reaching the conclusion of the Carrie Fisher project. It has been a while since I have had such a good feeling, my mind is running around in circles thinking about the challenges I overcame with the painting and jumping about with excitement at what I can probably do now. The feeling is a pleasant mix of past accomplishment and euphoric future possibilities.
I get this feeling from other people’s work as well. When I see something done that just amazes me, I find new ideas springing up in my head. Books, films, art, and music can all affect me this way. Any creative endeavor that opens my mind to new possibilities from changing the way a story is told (Cloud Atlas – the book not the movie) to new ways of depicting science fiction (Star Wars’ game changing special effects) can do it. Many of the books in my collection have changed what I viewed possible in the genres of science fiction and fantasy, leaving me in an excited state for weeks. It is almost as if the books are stored kinetic energy released through reading, exciting the engine of my mind. I hope that some of what I do has the same result on you. This feeling is what I live for.