Trying to flush out ideas can be frustrating. While the concept can pop into my head at any time, (at work, in bed, in the shower, in the car, etc.), I often find it difficult to develop that idea into a fully realized work. I sometimes write the idea down and then try to come up with a single sentence to describe the feelings and thoughts that I would like the painting to convey. Every piece of work that I complete means something important to me. Just painting objects that I see is usually not enough for me. I want the painting to carry emotional weight and deliver it to the viewer. The benefit of this thinking is that all of my works contain a part of my heart. The drawback of this thinking is that I only complete 4 to 6 paintings a year. Well I have completed 4 paintings to date, but would you believe I am trying to complete 3 more before the year ends? If the size of these paintings were large then I would concede that I had no chance to realize that goal, but all of these works are just 11”x14” and typically that size only takes me about 2 weeks to complete. The best part is I already have the ideas flushed out. Yep I think I’m on to something here; if I develop more small paintings then I end up with more works completed by years end. I would like to up my yearly target of paintings to 10-12 because eventually I hope to try to get some gallery representation. To get a shot at entering a gallery, I need a larger portfolio, but that is way down the road. Well I’m about to complete another painting so I will be back shortly with much more. Happy Autumn!