Here is the Greek cat that had to be done in 2 different coffee shops.
Sometimes you just can't do it all in one sitting, be it timing, be it personal focus, whatever. There were several coffees consumed for this one.
I mostly had a hard time with the background. I wanted it to look interesting and different...... the fuel to the brain, the muse was just not happening as quickly as I wanted it to. I had to just give in and let my instincts take over and have faith that what my hand and creative brain were doing was terrific.
That other side of my brain the linear thinker, the control freak, totally wanted to take over the show and totally question constantly the creative side. I know when it is in play when I hear myself say, I wanted it to...... instead of letting it happen.
Shutting off the controlling side is really important for any artist to do, as that is when creation flows and moves, innovation jumps out and demand recognition. It does it on its own. That is when I mostly can say that it becomes a meditative state it, for lack of better words when I can empty my mind to allow life to happen to be totally in the now. I don't meditate as often as perhaps I should but for me when I create art that is really when I am in that flow.
I think that I have to demand that the concrete thinking brain is told to sit in a corner and relax, then the creative brain gets to exercise. I think that is why I find art so relaxing, I can force an overworked part of myself to take a rest, I think it works far too much. It it such a control freak that every now and then if I am not careful out she comes like the first day of this picture but if I am diligent she rests quietly and relinquishes the control to the capable hands of the creative side like on the second day.
People often ask me where do I get my ideas from, how do you say to people and get it well understood (especially to concrete linear thinkers) I relax, open my mind receive and get out of my own way to let my hand to what it will and I just watch. In all honesty though, that is really what happens. Sorry that I can't give you a formal recipe for art but that is it in a nutshell. I do allow a little bit of the linear brain have a vote in color choices or to act as a critic for anatomical correctness but there is a choke chain on it for when it wants to take over the project.
Have fun finding your own path and how to express it