Yesterday as I was painting while enjoying some good music, I felt euphoric for a while. That fleeting sense of intense happiness is rare and it has been quite a while since I last felt it while painting. It is something about working in large format, using a large brush and painting with your entire body being in motion.
While working on this I realized that it is not easier to make a rougher painting than one that is more exact, closer to realistic. There are so many decisions involved and it is so easy to over-work a piece.