When I start a painting I don't believe in working with a rigid system, but I do believe in working in some sort of planned order. Here I'm working from the foreground toward the background, trying to develop a strong black and white pattern. As this painting was done while perched well above the rocks, the horizon line is high. In acrylic it's possible to "commit and correct," that is, adjust the tones as you go along. This small painting took less than an hour, but when I get it back to my studio I'll give it a final pass. I like to be casual and easy going with my small paintings because it seems to me that it's the more joyful ones that turn out to be above average. When I travel, alone or with my family, the paint box is always there with its permanent invitation to frustration and understanding.