I'm using my imagination a lot more in my process recently in my interpretation of form. How can I take my impression of the movements of the figure and push them to where I make you see what I see?
Much imagination is also employed here in the placement of shadows too.
This is a composition I'm working out currently for a painting. I'm doing a lot more of this lately, which to my surprise I've found extremely gratifying. It's one of those things you know would help but it sounds boring. Actually I'm flying through loads of paper just throwing my ideas down and pushing things around. It's so much fun I've hardly thought of painting in the last week.
Two of my favorite stories as a child were Rip Van Winkle, which I took as literal history (as well as Greek Mythology.) and "Where the Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak. Both are definitely in there.
From "Where the Wild Things Are", Illustration by Maurice Sendak