Thoughts on Painting 3: Theater

I often paint in touristy spots. Whenever you paint in Yosemite National Park, for instance, you get an instant crowd. When I start a painting, passersby will look and go on their way. Then after a while they’ll start looking a little closer. Three or four hours into it they want their pictures taken with me. That develops to a point where I eat it up. You get really involved; you get energized, like an actor on stage. You rise to the occasion.