There are a number of different ways in which I come up with ideas for paintings. Sometimes I just start painting, and see what comes out. Other times I use one of my photographs for inspiration. Often I will base a painting off of a feeling. Every now and then I do a preliminary sketch.
The Chimney is a painting that was based off of a preliminary sketch. The idea behind it was abstracting the landscape of Lake Lure and Chimney Rock, where we recently vacationed. I was watching a concert of Mozart music on PBS while I did the sketch, which also influenced the painting.
I have recently stretched some older abstracts, which had been rolled to be able to move. They have influenced me on a number of decisions, like brush size, and colors. This painting looks a bit different from anything else I have done, because of the mixing of more recent ways of painting with the influence of my older work. I quite like it.