I have an ever-growing folder on my computer called “photos to paint”, full of pics I’ve taken for that purpose. Flipping through there is inspiring but a little overwhelming – where do I start?! So lately I’ve begun painting thumbnails of anything that catches my eye, quick little studies that let me play with composition and color schemes without having to commit to a full-sized painting. (Okay, full-sized for me is still pretty small, but I’m working on it.) These are all about 3 inches high and on drawing paper rather than watercolor paper, which doesn’t put up with much fussing – a good thing in this case, as it forces me to be more loose and direct.