"Safe Haven" is a painting I finished recently and just got back from the framers. It had been hanging around the studio quite a while, half finished, and I couldn't make up my mind where to go next. Then during a painting session, I just loaded a roller with paynes grey acrylic and swept across the bottom in a broad stroke.... because of the underlying textures the stripe came out unevenly and left this curious gap. From then on it all came clear - I added a shoreline of white with a palette knife and took a gamble on highlighting a textured 'blob' with bright red paint - and voila! A little boat.
Sometimes the best things happen by accident.