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Where does that kernel of inspiration come from? Does it hit you when you are in the shower or when you are driving on the turnpike? Wherever it takes hold of you, it marks the beginning of the process of making a piece of art. Some artists agonize step-by-step in the creation process. For some people the work flows seamlessly from an inner fountain of inspiration.

There is an endless array of possible starting points. The ah-ha moment can be when you look at the texture of an old wall with peeling paint, the detail contained on a moth’s wing, or the sweep of the landscape contours on a hillside. As artists, we can be surprised by ...

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