Travel broadens your perspective on the world. The effect often subtle, but we absorb information subliminally and it sometimes appears later in unexpected ways.
This painting was sitting on my easel some weeks ago. Since then I’ve been to Japan and travelled across the countryside there. I saw how much of the country has a mountainous outlook. I also visited art galleries and saw Japanese paintings. There’s a great energy in the cities, but a calm stillness in the countryside.
I’ve almost completed the painting now – it’s waiting for a bit more detail before its completely done. And I can see the influence of my visit to Japan in the work I’ve done on it since being there.
Travel broadens your perspective – it also stretches you as an artist if you let it.