I run back to my studio and download the many photos of my walk. I edit them, print them, and tape one up beside me on my easel. Sometimes I paint from this beautiful photo, and sometimes I paint from it many times. It is intoxicatingly inspiring. It seems however, that more and more, I study the photographs and then put them aside to be viewed again and again at a later date. It is the suggestive elements of the walk by the ocean that stick with me. The photograph does not get taped up. I sit at my easel with a blank canvas in front of me and download these mental stimulations, my memories. I let inspiration, intuition, experience and my love of process take form via my paintbrush onto the canvas.
“The emotion of beauty is always obscured by the appearance of the object. Therefore the object must be eliminated from the picture.”