How does the magic happen? I have to tell you...I don't know. It is a mystery. The raw ability, the talent, is nothing without technique, and technique without talent is also nothing.
Much though I may rave about fIndng the right tools and materials, I must also admit that sometimes the art pours out of my hands. I go away somewhere, to a place outside of time and space, and I disappear. Somehow a connection is made between memories, perceptions, emotions, thoughts....my hands know what to do and they do it.
I downloaded an Android app called Magic Doodle, which allows me to draw with my fingers on my phone and tablet. I can paint with color and line. But that is not what I love about this app. Magic Doodle replays the sequence of my drawing in a video, so I can watch HOW I drew the image. And it amazes me...the choices which I make are displayed line by line. And you know what I find when I watch t1he video? I have absolutely NO idea how I do it.
Art is a mystery.