It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Superman!
No, just the start of another abstract painting. After no new work in the studio for a week I am finally back at my easel. But a lot of "work" is done before the paint comes out, even with what seems to be an intuitve abstract like the one on the left. I have been culling old photos, tossing lots and cutting up others that I reassemble and manipulate with Irfanview (an easier type of Phototshop, and free!). In this kind of work my computer is my sketch book and I create lots of possibilities before I am even close to something worth painting. Then of course when the paint comes out the photo sketches are manipulated even more or abandoned altogether. Don't be a slave to the photograph! Otherwise you may just as well print that and say you're done. Can't remember where I first heard the slave phrase, but it is a good one. Never be a slave to your computer either. That's me talking to myself.