Composing a painting can be so overwhelming at times. At the beginning of my painting career, I wanted to include anything and everything. And it is was KILLING my paintings. I would add so much "stuff" that it took away from the subtle beautiful moments that were happening. It also was just a distraction from that I truly wanted to focus on in my paintings, which is color and an emotional response.
Now I try to just get the essence of something, rather than spoon-feeding what my painting is. The landscape scenes in my newest series, Mississippi Scapes, don't scream "TREES! or "OCEAN!", but there is enough information that you can assume thats what they are.
Being this loose with my paintings also allows me to focus more on color and my feelings in the moment that I'm painting!
Here is an example of the inspiration that I'm painting from versus what I end up putting in the painting!
This is Ship Island off the coast of Mississippi!