Exploring the setting
There are many objects that I could put into this scene: an abandoned gas station, wrecked cars, rubble, weeds and so on. The scene could be in suburbia or on a highway. It’s an interesting task to choose what should be included, because there are so many combinations. I do some visual exploring and create several different variations. Then I save them, compare them against each other and pick out the best elements that will enhance the painting.