I was in the “zone”, (which is the preoccupation of obsessively creating an image), becoming so strong in my mind’s eye, that I am only freed from the zone by completing the actual work. I worked days, excessively on this image.
I know that I feel exposed when I show any part of the process to anyone outside the zone of my head. I am aware that I am exposed.
I took breaks, but it is the night of another day of obsessing over every little piece of it, adding, subtracting, pacing around the work, only stopping to take nature’s breaks, which can be a nuisance when in the creative zone.
It is only when the image is getting near the final stages that I feel I have revealed my subject or an aspect of them in an honest approach.