For some time now, I've been using each day's completed digital painting as the starting point for the next. This makes an interesting answer to the question "How long did this take to make?" The answer is often "several months!"
One of the interesting things about working this way is that the series of paintings and their steps become a sort of journal of my experiences as time passes.
The video below spans the time from July 31 - September 7, 2019. In it, you can see the formation of several pieces in the Equinox collection.
In the video, you can see how the destinations of summer inform the composition and the color. As the travels continue toward fall, the palette changes. Watching this is seeing a 9-minute snapshot of eight weeks... which is appropriate, in a way, because summer in Seattle can feel like it's over in nine minutes! You'll see Puget Sound and ocean beaches, Clear Lake in Oregon, magnificent trees at Greenlake park, the Train Wreck site near Whistler, and power lines near Costco in Seattle (representing the back-to-school shopping ordeal.)