Okay, I get it. You don’t like the whole crop circle thing. Before I got the flu and it started cracking my bones with pain, I started a two new paintings. I decided not to skip any of the preparatory sketches and underpainting. I had started getting into the habit of skipping these steps and the results have been less than overwhelming. Normally, slowing down has a negative connotation. It implies that your creativity doesn’t naturally flow from personal well of your soul. Soul Schmoul. Slowing down can be necessary to a successful painting.
There is an assumption that if you are creative, you are not capable of taking apart your work with dispassionate criticism. Baloney. Artists are just as able of critical thinking as anyone else. Sometimes you can be so excited over a new painting that you trip over your foundation steps. Sometimes, though, laziness creeps in. Mistakes in composition should be stopped dead in its tracks at the sketch stage. The same goes for balancing your proportions of light to dark. Any problems should be stopped at the sketch stage.
I still think I could have made a crop circle.