When the student is ready, the teacher appears.
Artists, financial advisers and software developers, (there may be others, but this is my very limited experience), enjoy mystery. So to find an artist that is prepared to dissect their process is a delight.
Artist and designer Marie-Louise Miller is such a person. Her process starts with a life painting, which provides the form for her work going forward. She then sets a research question for the series of paintings. Then she determines the moods that she wants to explore, plotting the colour distribution for each mood in her sketchbook.
Woman in the Mirror series from a series of 12
Fragmented views series, an ongoing series
A colourist and clearly influenced by Paul Klee, the development of her work from Mirror to Fragment series is evident, together with the benefit of exploring an idea through a series of works.
Set a question to explore, provide some structure by way of colour choice for each painting, work from a base image. Apply to my own practice, NOW.