Here are some examples of how I turn my inspiration into a finished painting. Shown is the photo I took that eventually became the painting, below the photo. My approach is to isolate what impresses and excites me the most, eliminate the extraneous, and create a dynamic composition. As is my usual style, I accentuate shapes and colors. As I state on the home page of my website, what I paint is the image you take away in your memory. Often the title becomes a little play on words as well.
A raven taking off from a city fountain in Scottsdale, AZ becomes “Raven’s Spring”
A soak in a hot tub in Carefree, AZ becomes a glowing sunset titled “Carefree”. (Notice the toes in the photograph – I was extremely “carefree” at the moment.)
The view while driving home from the grocery store becomes “Harbingers of Spring” (The sandhill cranes are returning to Jackson Hole, which is a special time for us.)