Monsoon is a painting about thunderstorms. We had been in the middle of a drought. Everything had turned brown and yellow. Even the Okefenokee swamp had caught fire because of the draught. It was also very hot, and the air conditioner in my car had gone out.
One day a thunderstorm came through, and broke the drought. I was at home, and was so excited I grabbed a canvas and started painting. I tried to capture the feeling of a strong, southern summer thunderstorm.
When someone is painting it is good to think about the essence of whatever they are painting, and try to capture that. For example, with a thunderstorm, I was thinking about the lightning, the wind, the turbulence of the clouds, and the sudden downpour. If you are working abstractly, trying to show these ideas in a less literal form, and emphasizing them will make your painting work well!