I recently got interviewed by someone about what I do, and she asked me, "What do you think about when you paint a mural?". "Nothing, if I can help it!" I told her. I like to listen to podcasts or music with lots of lyrics, so that my mind won't have room to start thinking it's own thoughts, but just listen to others'. If I think too much about what I'm doing, over-analyzing, second guessing and trying to rationalize my creative decisions, it can take me out of my "flow" and ruin things. Of course there are times when I have to really think when I'm painting, to figure out perspective or something, but I guess what I mean is that I try to eliminate negative or doubting "self-talk" that is not constructive, and just trust in my own instincts as much as possible.
Having recently been asked about all this, while I was painting this mural, I observed my emotions more closely. When I'm painting a mural, especially a repetitive one like this one, my brain and body go in and out of a trance-like meditation. Is this what runners feel when they are running at their best? "Bliss", "Flow", "Meditation", whatever you want to call it, I am grateful to experience it in my own way.