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Elisa Day
  • Type: TiSe
  • Development: ll--
  • Attitude: Adaptive

The only time I really feel I’m in a flow state is when I’m painting.

I paint on canvas while standing. I move about in a sort of dance that can go on for hours, but it feels like minutes. Music is optional, but I must be alone.

The painting will be all that does, has, and will ever exist for that moment. It is as if I’m a portal channeling the painting’s spirit as it births itself. I don’t feel as if I’m controlling anything, though there’s a great deal of focus involved.

There’s the continuous focus on the outcome of the vision along with permission for occasional spontaneity, which I rarely allow myself.

When the flow session is over, I’ll stand back and marvel at the canvas wondering how the hell it all happened and what possessed me. “Did I really do this? How could I have done this?”

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