Play and whimsy are effective tools for creativity (also essential tools for living). Did you know humor is a right-brain quality? Larry Bell said in a radio interview, "Relax your vision and daydream within the painting." Makes perfect sense to me!
A university professor was known for walking into a room of painters saying "keep it rich", then retreating into his studio and his own work. Edgar Whitney the famous watercolor teacher told me he could walk into a room of students and say, "make the darks darker", and he knew it was what they all needed to hear. Teaching an abstract composition workshop last week, I realized my mantra could be "stop thinking and just paint"! Getting out of your head...how refreshing!