What do I look for?
Where do I explore?
The inquiry is inside.
I watched a video clip at Nicholas Wilton's blog recently, and those words jumped out. They are still reverberating. No matter how many paintings I look at online, how often I admire one artist's colors and another artist's linework, how often I take note of contrast or brush strokes, how often I study composition and quiet space and detail—and, believe me, I spend hours doing so!—when I paint, the inquiry is inside.
Today I added asemic writing and some line work with broad-tipped acrylic paint markers. That's the part I can give words to.
The internal inquiry? That was wordless.