This has been a good painting week. The 36”x36” TANKER painting was one of those rare paintings that just pour out of you. I approached it a lot differently than the first TANKER painting. First, the change in scale from 10”x16” to 36”x36” gave the image a lot more power. Next, I wanted to keep some of the under painting (the drippy road) in the finished painting. This is not very easy for a habitual over painter like me. I tend to get compulsive and paint and repaint every inch. Looseness is not something that I can do without a lot of forethought. You know when you see one of those Chinese brush paintings that look wonderfully fresh, as if it took the artist five seconds, but actually took a lifetime of compulsive practice? Well… that’s not me. I have labored compulsively, but not at hiding my compulsion. I also did something I never do. I almost made a really flat sky. I say “almost” because at the end I couldn’t help myself and I added some yellowy white to the area over the horizon line.