I find myself affected by the literature I currently might be reading. One of my favorite authors is Simon Winchester.
In Krakatoa he deftly describes the social, political, economical and geographical changes brought to the world by the explosion of the volcano Krakatoa.
His descriptions of that terrible event and the ocean on fire is an image I constantly come back to in my paintings.
"Painting from nature is not copying the object, it is realizing one's sensation"