When I am sifting through images or staring out at the world for something to paint, what am I really looking for? When do I know I have found it? I am sure artists know what I am referring to, but can you define it? You could analyze the composition, colors, subject, or symbolism. But I believe that before any conscious or cerebral activity happens, there is a flash of something else. It is part recognition, part curiosity, part wonder in what you see or hear or feel. I wonder if everybody does this. They might and not realize it. One difference between an artist and non-artist is that the artist will then make a decision to follow that flash. That moment of decisiveness is where I think the creative process begins. The process continues with taking action, or exploring further, or experimenting, editing, starting again, and most important, not giving up too soon. It also includes trusting that what interests you will be worth devoting time and energy into. Trusting that when you share the artwork, others will also find that recognition or wonder.