While working on my abstract landscapes I found myself constantly looking at, and fascinated by, the light and colors in the constantly changing clouds. As I was painting, I kept interrupting myself to stop and look up at the small opening of sky across my window. My paintings started to “feed” from the interactions of the reddish buildings and the changing grays of the sky. As a result, my painting took an unexpected turn: some of my abstract landscapes became less abstract, to the extent that some of these pieces are clearly figurative. And the presence of birds, especially crows, became another important element that began to appear in my paintings. These creatures entered my paintings by emerging from my own brush-strokes. They seemed to just grow out of my work as I painted.