I paint a lot of these…I do not know why. They are imagined. Perhaps they at least hearken to places I’ve been…maybe Bass Lake or Salem Lake, or the New River. They are not planned. In some ways these little paintings are a series of responses to the previous colors that are laid down. I’m simply enjoying the properties of watercolor and allowing it to “suggest” trees, water, space. I have had art teachers who say paintings must be planned, carefully composed, worked at over a long period of time, not just dashed off. While I see the need for this in certain types of art, I do not think it should limit us to “only” making paintings that have been subjected to all the “do’s and don’ts” of academic art. There is value in making art that is less cerebral, less calculated, and freed from restrictions. It’s value may only lie in the process and thus enjoyed only by the artist. Yet it is still of worth and perhaps a viewer or two will find it beautiful as well.