My friend Jerome saw this painting and said, “metal is hard.” Yes it is, and it’s also hard to paint. But once you let go of the idea of painting metal, and just start looking at it as a series of shapes and colors, it gets easier. Airstreams are particularly fun to paint because not only are they reflective metal, but they are also rounded, so they have really interesting reflections. They tell a viewer a lot about their environment, just through the colors of the metal. When painting a scene like this I have to really let go of the idea of what I’m painting and just focus on the colors and shapes of what I see. Put the right color in the right place, and assume it will all work out. This 18×24″ painting is one of my new favorites.