The process of making these paintings often begins with the recollection of being somewhere. I start by sketching tiny thumbnail diagrams annotating them with color comments and ideas. This gives me a chance to begin from my imagination, not a photograph. I may visit the site after the initial drawings are done, photographing or sketching to include elements that may contribute to the piece.
I resist actual colors from the real place, preferring my imagined reality and the interaction of the oil paints on the canvas. Often color is where the piece takes on its own reality. Vision is not a passive sense for me, and that is what motivates these paintings.
If the idea emerges from this level successfully, I go to a large canvas. The piece may resemble the place that inspired it, but what is important is that the piece reflects my response to the place, not the place itself.
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