Rules Destroy Art

I've made you a pretty little graphic this morning.

I was thinking about the various projects on my plate right now. I'm illustrating The Raven, working on my own book project and it's various side efforts and I always have a dozen or so other paintings hanging around on my  to do list (celtic stuff, goddesses).

At the moment I'm struggling with a decision to completely rethink my illustration style for The Raven. I like where it's going now, I'm happy, but I'm nervous....does it break the rules? Whose rules? Who cares? See, I tend to get caught up in "rules" a lot. They are self imposed rules really, brought on by stiff too-linear thinking or by my (often erroneous) perceptions of what the world outside my "art head" wants or needs or will "tolerate".

Rules destroy art.