The thing I'm really getting out of these right now is the way they are making me look at things differently. I'm a lover of painting big whenever I am able. But truthfully, lately, visualizing something "big" has been beyond my scope. I've never been much of a sketcher, though I know that would be enormously helpful. Well, at least it's helpful to most. These little ATC's are like sketches for me, for paintings. I'm so driven by color, that being able to "sketch" in color is such a kick. It's also opening my eyes up more to the possibilities of painting abstracts. I'm usually given to wanting to put some sort of recognizable object in my painting, and it doesn't always have to be so. What I mean is, I start out just painting with no "object" in mind, half the time, and then I create something out of it. Sometimes I stop and look at what is completely abstract, truly based on how I'm feeling or what I'm listening to in the moment (expressionist)...and then I think "OMG I HAVE to put some OBJECT in it!". Which is then when I tend to turn to the figurative. Or cities. I like buildings too. Soooo....with these little thumbnails, if you will, there is only so much one can do before one HAS to stop. And then I load them up to my computer and look at them a bit bigger, and then it hit me...I could replicate some of these ideas onto a larger canvas! Object within, or not. I think it would be an interesting experiment for me, if nothing else. Here's three I did yesterday....(also good for doing in the time frame that my three year old allows me to work in!) You can see that one is more "abstract" than the other two. All were fun. I can also tell I'm going down a road that involves doors as a subject.