At what point does an artist know what to draw, paint, weave, knit, sculpt, etc.?
Sometimes you just know, and when that happens, the process seems to flow.
When it doesn't, it's an artist block.
It's still good to keep trying... fake it til you make it.
I had one of my small looms, a new-to-me Northfield Jori loom, in my lap and started weaving some little squares, and decided to dovetail the edges. That was a mental exercise. I'm not what I'll do after that. So many possibilities... but I'm not sure which one.
Last February, I had an idea, and the idea started from "maybe a Tardis" to what I sent to the Tapestry Unlimited show, shown on this blog entry (you gotta click this to see it!). I was walking back from the yarn store in Austin, and knew that I needed to go back for a certain yarn, because it would be good for a starry night sky.
Another time, there was a picture of an owl in my loom from several months or more prior, and one day I decide to weave it with some words:
B & C: Bluebonnets in a Can
J: Jimbo & the Rev
L: Laborador (Daisy) (and Reuven)
N & O: Needlework Owl
R: Reuven (with Daisy under "L")
So I've got A through L, N, O and R... missing M, P, Q, S through Z... eleven more.