is the result of a challenge that I offered to myself...that of painting only from a sketch. In years past (decades, actually) I found myself married to the reality of the subject. We are then, I think, subject to the reality of the objects in terms of "getting it right". I am hoping that "getting it right" in the future includes much more of my personal expression...in the strokes and in the paint quality itself. I have found that the more I remove myself from the objects themselves, the more I rely on my personal observations and feelings...the result is less emotional, less trite, I guess. Two favorite objects are the subject: a pie pumpkin and the broken back of a former patio bench that is saved in our garage. I cannot resist hand-carved things. Shapes are polar opposites: organic and geometric. Patterning which I adore. Textures opposed as well. A limited color palette featuring complements and the resultant green. I am quite happy with the result and plan to continue working from sketches.