I love doing the research. Finding the right coastline/land mass to mimic is important. It has to leave an interesting negative space. But more that an aesthetic thing, it has to make me say "I want to go to there"
One of my favorites parts of the paintings to create are the oceans/waters that surround and cut through the land masses. I love taking the blues and greens and purples on my watercolor palettes and making them become this powerful force and giving them life.
The end result is so satisfying to me. The paintings remind me of a cross between a mosaic and an old map. Perhaps they are mosaics of maps. Sometimes they are hard to create because I do have wanderlust and I can imagine myself hiking and wandering these coastlines and shore lines. I can feel the breeze on my face and smell the water in the air. I guess for now they can curb my appetite to go to there, but one day...
I hope my viewers enjoy them as well. I hope they can see not only the layers of watercolors and the hints of ridges that are physically on the canvas, but also can see themselves lost in these places I am creating.