Thinking is designing is art

I wonder how many good ideas are thought up and then lost amid the melee of life?

A huge proportion of my time just lately has been spent thinking.

Get on with painting some may say but I honestly believe the ‘thinking’ part is crucial to the success of a piece.  I imagine details and techniques and the overall piece tweaking ideas in my mind before ever putting brush to canvas or pencil to paper.

I’m in the middle of designing well over 200 stones for the SSBC in Nottingham and after many hours thinking it through, I then write my ideas down, then begin sketching.  I wonder if anyone works like this?
In tandem to this I have come up with several ideas for larger paintings,  those ideas and images are floating around in my head in between what to cook for dinner and what schedule my children have for the day etc 

There is a lot to be said for putting those ideas down on paper so that they don’t become lost during the school run.

How do you manage your creative thoughts?

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