Sometimes in the middle of painting – or drawing, or driving, or writing emails, or brushing my teeth – I see something that I just have to get down on paper. It’s usually clouds or sunsets (though those not usually when I’m brushing my teeth), and I usually don’t have time to give it my full attention. After all, if I take my eyes off of whatever else I’m doing I’ll either lose the light I’m trying to catch in a painting, or drive my car into oncoming traffic – and I don’t know which is worse. So the only thing to do is try and take a mental picture to scribble down as soon as there’s available time and paper – it never quite captures it, but you get pieces. I was trying to think of a metaphor to explain the feeling of urgency you get when you’ve got that fading picture in your head and can’t get it down – but all I’ve got is that it’s like being hit with a creativity stomach bug and you need to find find a trashcan to pour out your ideas in before things get messy. Sorry for that mental picture – I really did try and think of a different metaphor, but that’s all I’ve got.