36″ x 36″ | Oil on Linen | When a painting flows it’s a joy and that feeling is to be enjoyed, as it is usually short lived as the “struggle” phase crepes in. The “struggle” is an essential part of the process, it insures I’m alert, ready to be critical, and with this comes growth in my painting. The painting process is hard to gauge, sometimes a plan comes together and sometimes it takes a bit of working out, and sometimes it takes you to a whole new place. It takes a while before a paintings is ready to leave the studio. I have been playing with this painting over a few weeks, yet wanting it to appear spontaneous and fresh, the key and what I like about this painting, are those wonderful big brush marks and the fact that it doesn’t look overworked with small timid strokes.