To begin a day in the studio I make small combinations of things to focus and switch of all those random thoughts that distract. It's hard to let go this time, I push pigment into patterns of ocean swell. It's a subject I am slowly building on. This old cottage in the woods is an odd place for it but it's not as remote as it looks.
Starting with the odd collection of small neglected paintings I found. These were all made at different times so it is going to be interesting to work on them all at once. It's a bit unexpected how quickly I can see what to do next on each of them and all at once, considering the differences between them but I think it is just that, that is so inviting.
A beautiful day today and it makes it hard to stay inside the studio. I sat and relaxed just outside the door and thought about my approach to painting and why I seem to be more motivated by looking at sculpture than most paintings. The subject came up during a chat with Susan yesterday and it has made me think again. I picked up some work on paper that sort of ran out of steam last year and felt a renewed energy to continue with it but in a different way. I think it works but need to spend more time on it yet.