Painting isn’t a question if sensibility ; it’s a matter of seizing the power, taking over from nature, not expecting her to supply you with information and good advice.

– Picasso, talking about Bonnard.

This is a great quote from Picasso about his fellow artist Bonnard.
I like it because ‘taking over from nature’ is very much what I try to do in my painting.

It is important to use what you see in front of you merely as a starting point and not to be intimidated by what it actually looks like.

Paintings that look like photographs never excite me like a painting. I enjoy photographs on their own merits, but photorealism leaves me somewhat cold.

Nature can be intimidating though, which is why seizing the power is never easy. My best tip is to work in the studio – adding a few miles (and four walls) between me and nature helps!