© Daryl D. Johnson Northeast Air Oils on canvas 10 x 20″

I often work from photos I have taken of skies, tree lines, marshes, tidelands. In the midst of mixing colors, pouring mediums, stretching canvas and all the other steps of preparing and using materials to create a painting, I often need to re-examine the reference photo.

What was it about this scene that initially gave me an uplifting jolt? Where’s the movement, the flow, the crescendo?

I practice mindfulness on a regular basis which helps me to focus on that initial excitement and then work with worldly mediums to portray that feeling onto a painted canvas. It’s a balancing act of intention and outcome.