I was reading Lyric Kinard's blog the other day and she talked about one of Pixar's top creative guys. His point was that he didn't want anyone coming to him with a good idea. He wants to see three good ideas or he won't talk.
This has given me a lot of food for thought. His premise is that if you have only one good idea and you can't make it float, you're out of luck. However, if you have three ideas, you can explore all three to find the one that will work best and then run with it. It's actually a great way to work, when you think about it. It's like the old conundrum of going shopping for the perfect "Little Black Dress." As long as you don't have the actual image in your head of what it HAS to look like, you'll find something wonderful because your mind is open to any number of suggestions. It's when you are wedded to one approach that you find yourself stalemated.
I often find inspiration in shadows and negative space and the thing about these is that they are constantly changing. No way a shadow will remain fixed because the light source is constantly changing, even if it's an incandescent light. So, a myriad of ideas in one, simple shadow.
To be honest, I believe that this is what art is all about. Playing with the options. From this, it makes sense that the more options, the more you can explore and the better your end product is going to be.
The next time you get hit with a good idea, as you head into your studio to work on it, give yourself time to come up with two more good ideas and see where it all takes you. Bonne Chance!