I've just finished these two paintings - Burst and Glacier. My inspiration was from sunlight and bird wings for Burst and the flickers of colour I've seen in pictures of ice for Glacier. There is so much of the natural world that I'd like to capture, and I feel like I'm just beginning a huge collection of some kind. I don't think I'll ever struggle to find inspiration.
Before painting I tend to put up a mix of references from my photo collections on my wall and sit in my big office chair thinking about what I want to paint. While painting I concentrate on the mix of colours and pattern I want to use to create the mood I'd like to invoke. I tend to work on at least two paintings at a time as I leave them to dry between each bit of painting. In the mornings while brushing my teeth before work, I have a look at their current progress and think about what I'm going to do next. Breaking up the painting time and these small periods of reflection have helped me make more considered decisions about what to paint next and avoid mistakes.