I can't seem to help myself. These mines are very intriguing to me right now. The 3 x 5 photo inspiration was so gray and underwhelming (see below). My instructor, Darrell Anderson, came to my easel before I began painting, looked at the blank canvas, looked at the newsclipping, looked at me and said:
"What the h#*@! Are you feeling ok?!" This was so much fun to paint--letting the initial wash just drip, pushing color, playing with brush sizes and technique. Can you see the little trucks hauling copper?
It can also look very abstract. My inner voice ruled...this time.