The idea to include a small collection of cut-paper collages in the Still Time series originated from an unusual step in my painting process. When I am creating a painting, there is usually a point where I get a little bit stuck and I'm not sure what to do next. To break my creative block, I'll take a photo of the painting in progress, upload the image to Photoshop, and then digitally cut, paste, and rearrange areas of the subject until I land on a composition that visually satisfies me. This digital sketch then serves as a visual guide when I move back to my easel to continue on the painting. Because I enjoy the organic and creative play of moving shapes around before I determine a final composition, I thought that this technique could translate with ease into the realm of collages created from cut-paper. The collages are an analog interpretation of one of my tried and true digital tricks.