A painting usually begins with one central theme: how the moon set
the night before or how the light looked through the clouds that
morning. Often it's just a feeling, mood, or atmosphere left over from
a dream I've just had.
When I face the bare canvas with these "almost" ideas, a conversation
begins—free association that ends when the painting is done. I rarely
plan paintings. I don't sketch out what I want to do. If I draw something,
the idea ends with the drawing.