I have been working on some paintings using acrylic. Before I begin, I usually tone the surface and/ or use a palette knife to smear on some textured gel medium. Once the surface is dry, I begin to put color on top of it. I am thinking about color, light, texture and paint. I am thinking about rock formations, the ocean, currents, the wind and sky. AND……I am trying NOT to think too much, but to just respond to what is already on the surface. One mark goes down, which inspires the next, and so on. While these paintings might not be recognizable as landscape, they are distillations many years of observation. They celebrate paint for its own sake and more directly express emotion purely by use of color.