Visiting as many locations as possible to get inspired to paint a large seascape. I have taken some photographs to help me while I am in the art studio working I have something to refer back to. I use watercolor to help give me my color palate. Watercolor helps to loosen up my artwork. I have been doing a few more large seascapes on heavy stock watercolor paper.
When working inside my studio I begin to prepare mentally to paint a landscape. I start by looking at all my good photographs that I have taken of the scene. I might pull some local photos that I have had on my mind to paint. I will pin them to my wall and look at them for a couple of weeks and get an idea of a colour scheme before I attempt to go out to the scene with my french easel. If it's a good size painting I will do some small studies first and then use them as a reference as I am painting the large painting.
As a designer and painter I have always been influenced by flowers, color and texture. Recently, visiting the Chelsea Flower Show in London, I have come back with inspirations to design more excellent gardens and to paint boldly what I see daily in nature.