Sometimes I have a very clear idea in mind, and sometimes I don’t. But either way, I load the brush and start in.
The beginning is my favorite stage because I can be free with texture, medium and paint. It’s all a green light. I focus on blending colors, while keeping the composition loose. Sometimes I’ll use water to enhance the effects I’m feeling. If the direction of a painting still isn't taking shape, I’ll add more paint, maybe rotate the canvas, whatever.
During the process, I might land on a vision very quickly. Sometimes, it takes longer. But my efforts are never wasted because every stroke of paint builds layers of color and depth.
In the end, the goal is a painting that makes sense, with careful consideration to composition and all its elements. The finished work is like a puzzle, with every piece in its place.