On the way to Vegas
These are all very small, about 5" on the long side, oil on primed watercolor paper. They had to be small, because I painted them in the car on the way to Las Vegas. This process is great because there's no choice but to release all expectation of recording an accurate scene (because the scene is flying past at 65 mph)...so the focus has to be on creating something that makes visual sense and is nice to look at. It cannot be an exact record of what is there, just bits and pieces reassembled to create an impression of what it looked and felt like. It's immensely freeing, and even more fun if an old painting is underneath, contributing colors and shapes that wouldn't be there otherwise. Control is scarcely possible, so it's an exercise in letting go.