my favorite part of painting has always been in the generation of the idea, the pre-creation of the work in my mind or in sketches. don't get me wrong, the process of painting is a joy as well, but it pales to the germination of a new idea. a great deal of my past work involved coming up with a vision and then working until i realized it. the pleasure was concentrated at the beginning and end of the process. recently, i have begun to start paintings without a fully developed plan, allowing them to grow into life as i go. consequently, the process has become much more exciting, and i believe the end result is that i am a better artist, and i create more substantial works.