Wow it's been a busy start to the new year thus far. I received some art books for Christmas and have since buried my nose into these gems. That and a busy work schedule means a little less painting for now. But reading books about artists and also books about technique seems to stir the pot for me in a good way. For me I feel recharged and eager for the next phase of my artistic development. Here's a 6x8 oil painting on linen panel It's an alley scene that caught my eye, especially the bold diagonals and strong shadow pattern. I have a few alley paintings in mind that I hope develops into some larger works.