Woody Woodpecker zoomed past the window in a moment when I was thinking about what to paint next, maybe even going outside but feeling the weight of choosing a "correct" composition. I had just read the many responses to Robert Genn's request for an online critique of his painting http://clicks.robertgenn.com/your-opinion.php. Everyone has an opinion, often a different one. So in the end, follow your own rhythm.
A pair of pileated woodpeckers live in our forest and poke around the trees. Seeing him whiz by just fueled a desire to paint that moment...and for now, not worry about the composition. It will serve as my reminder to follow my own unique rhythm and flight.
And on that topic, it is worth watching this 20 minute video of a talk given by Elizabeth Gilbert on A Different Way to Think about Creative Genius http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/elizabeth_gilbert_on_genius.html