Inviting the unexpected is a challenging task for artists. We desire predictability and success in our finished work, and the process is often regarded as a means to achieving these goals, but something fundamental may be lost in the repetition.
Keeping a fresh approach returns the artist to a state of child-like wonder. New possibilities emerge and are applied and integrated.
There is always a unique approach to painting, a stone as yet left unturned. Getting outside our own predictability is essential to continued growth. Strange new color combinations and different tools help to kickstart the discovery process and help bring full presence back into the work.
These sketches are just such examples. Landscape painting, particularly from life, creates a necessity to quickly translate a vast environment into something infinitely more simplified than the original complexity. Working from life and imagination both offer the opportunity to develop working strategies, both material and methodical, that convey the depth and richness of a scene through its own means, particularly as the paintings will never be seen in the setting of its original inspiration. It must convey something of the essence of that initial scene, while knowingly existing as a false version of it. Therefore it may be more important for the painting techniques themselves to create their own unified world. This can be expressed in the color mixing strategies and in the style of paint application, among other nuanced subtleties in the creation of a scene.