sandpiper-lgI painted the bird first and then spent quite a bit of time debating the background. I tried a couple of approaches that ultimately I wasn’t happy with before I decided to take a break. I find that sometimes distancing myself from a painting gives me a new perspective. The circular swirling multi-hued water just sort of evolved on it’s own.

For myself those timeless, spontaneous moments when thought takes a break and the muse steps in are more rewarding than the completed painting.