I mean, how do I creatively nourish myself, how do I feed the studio process? Much in the same way any healthy person would look after themselves - lots of variety of fresh food stuffs, not too much of the quick fix sweet stuff, and really importantly, taking time to digest, and to wait for the hunger to return.
And when it does arise, asking now, what do I want, rather than standing staring at the open fridge.
I've spend the last three months concentrating on this feeding process and I can honestly tell you that I feel really creatively healthy as a result. I've just begun working now on some paintings and the creative juices are flowing really well.
I had four 24 x 24 cm panels that I laboured over before Christmas - didn't like them but I had pushed on and on. This week I painted over them, obliterating all those layers and hours.
And low and behold, four stunning pieces appeared so easily as a result. Because I had good ingredients in my creative fridge. I wasn't hungry and I was feeling full and satisfied, and out came the work.
Inspired by Storm Dudley and Storm Eunice crashing about outside the studio. I'm going to boldly frame these in black.
I need to listen to my responses in the studio, to hear and feel those moments when I go "Hey, i like this mark / colour / shape" I need to develop my sense of discernment for what I like.....not in a strict controlling way, but like an encouraging adult asking me to enjoy being me and to find more of that me and bring it forward into the work.
So, take time to feed yourself well. Really well.