I have a large canvas that I bought a year ago. I started working on it ages ago but my progress has been VERY slow. I started out with the idea of using one of my postcards as my guide. However, once I lay down a base coat of color I changed my mind and went in another direction using maps. It sat for a long time before I did a bit of stamping and then drawing. I kept trying to “plan” it and afraid to make the “wrong” move I became stuck. I finally decided today that I needed to just CUT LOOSE. Not worry about a master plan, and not obsess over every move. It was so liberating!!!! I had printed out some materials to use and I cut and tore and glued them down with abandon. Then I felt there was too much contrast between the glued materials and the base coat so I mixed some paint, took a roller and roughly rolled paint over the surface. In one day it has been transformed! I feel like I can work on it now. Like there is no “wrong” step to take. After all, this is collage and if I don’t like it I can keep changing it or gesso and start again! I wish it hadn’t taken me so long to reach this point. I have also decided to go back to my original plan to use my postcard as a guide. So, I have a rough idea of where I am headed even if I don’t have an exact plan for getting there. I guess what I have learned is that there is a time for careful planning and other times when you just have to act. And really, there was no down side so what was I waiting for!!! Whew! That felt great today! I would post a picture but it’s really not much to look at right now. But I’m taking pictures at each stage and will be able to show a progression when I feel it is more ready for prime time.