I collect images finding one that interests me. It can be the tension between the characters or simply the expression on their faces. There is no clear Idea for a painting at this point. Often nothing ever comes from them at all for a year or two. Some just sit there forever on my drive.
The image is as place holder somewhere to focus and begin to define what was important about it. Then I sketch out large forms on the board. Not knowing whether it will ever come to mean anything. The compounds began to argue about their place and colour. Which parts that will express the final idea of the work neither side knows. This dialogue goes on through the hole work as it progresses. When the argument quotes there is no reason to continue to paint and the work is completed.
The images represent universal themes or forms. The content of photo is not unique. They express common held experiences. We often lose this connection by extracting are self from the day to day. Living in fantasy maintained by constant distractions. Through self affirmation they create by never look beyond the screen.
In response to this I tack images whose originality is only the moment it was taken. They represent larger themes of emotional situation and are enhanced through the composition. Both their themes appear in all photography and their combination create what is seen as good picture.
This is what I use as a starting point. Finding images containing these elements. Then to push them as far as the conversation will go.
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