Sometimes it is great to capture the scene in front of you and to react directly to what you see; colours, light, atmosphere. At other times, letting the scene mature in your mind and develop as an image is the better way to go.
Sentinel is a studio painting based on a sketch that I did a while back this winter. The sketch was in pencil, so the colour notes were not present, but the view stayed with me and percolated in my mind until an image and a vision formed. I wanted to capture the brilliance of the sunlight on a winter scene in the late afternoon. The contrast of unbelievably colourful shadows against the full blast of the sun. The squinting effect if you will.
I also wanted to capture the energy with which we see such scenes. How our eyes dance around and never stand still. How we instinctively see constant movement everywhere.
I hope I have succeeded.