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As your journey continues, you might find that finding a ritual, prompt, or environment that makes you comfortable can support you in exploring your art and maintaining your creative process. Finding your comfort means noticing when you get into the groove with the work, and potentially developing warm-up routines to support that.

Michelle Kuo says being relaxed during the creative process is really important. β€œIt’s not pure relaxation, it’s like relaxation plus a little bit of tension,” she says in an interview for this book. β€œI was taking these singing classes. I really adored my singing teacher, and she used to say this thing that always stuck with me, which is: to hit the high notes you have to be relaxed. Most people tense up when they see a high note coming, but actually to hit it, your breath needs to be relaxed.”

Finding your comfort could also mean acknowledging your own progress. β€œThe more I’ve been painting, I don’t know if I’ll be getting better, but I get a lot more comfortable. When you’re a lot more comfortable, I think you are getting a lot better,” says Michael Saviello. β€œYour technique is improving even though you don’t know it.”

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