Today I walked to my studio only to realize that I had left my ipod at home. I usually listen to audiobooks or news podcasts while I paint. The silence, however, proved beneficial. By working in silence I was able to think about the paintings as I worked. I made clearer decisions and stayed focused. I think that the painting was better for it. I confess, I still intend to go back to my ipod while working, but I think that a break every once and a while is necessary. I was forced to talk to myself (in my head) about the work, instead of painting passively by listening to the latest novel or news item. It was an eye opener.