Having a Moleskine sketchbook has changed the way I work. I carry this thing every where since it's small enough to fit in my bag and/or my hand comfortably. You never know when creativity and inspiration might hit and you need to have something to make note of your ideas before you forget them. Ideas and compositions for new paintings have been coming to my head while being out and about. The drawing above was done on the subway on my way to work one morning. I had an image in my head of a lonely tomato being lit a certain way against a certain background.
These heirloom tomatoes might be the subject for that painting. Not sure yet. These were taken from pictures I took at the Farmers Market in Union Square.
These two drawings came to me while doing volunteer work at a gallery. I was reading a very good book titled Looking at the Overlooked and these compositions got in my head. I put the book away and started drawing, trying to get the ideas down as best as I could. It's funny how things have changed for me. I used to play around with objects and set them up a certain way so that I could take pictures. So, the still life came before the painting. Now, the idea comes first in the form of drawings, followed by setting up the still life for photos, and finally the painting. I'm enjoying the new process best.