This little painting is not a real place. I was thinking about the coast of California, where the mountains collide with the sea.
It's a big stretch for me to paint without an image of some type in front of me. Abstract artists do it all the time. I spent months just slapping on paint and always ending up with the same muddy, uninteresting, scraper. Being a slow learner, I repeated the action time and again before the light bulb came on.
Many successful artists work in that manner, but I need more structure. I must have a goal, a composition in mind, some kind of plan for movement, values, colors. Don't get me wrong, I don't think this is a great example, but for me, it is a little step forward.