The following four paintings are a series started in response to my joining a competitive running team. I chose to pick the sole of a running shoe to use as a stamp. When you set out to do a series of paintings based on a particular concept you can either stick with a narrow interpretation of it for all the paintings, or you can just use it as a starting point and push the "Big Idea" to its limits.
Other "Big Ideas" that I work on are "At the Water's Edge", "Hangin' Out" and "The Produce Project". The concept is the starting point but much consideration goes into developing each painting including composition, shape, line, color and texture. The choices are infinite.
An artist is, in fact, crossing a line when he stretches the boundaries of his creative attempts. Just as a runner feels a tremendous sense of relief and satisfaction when he crosses the finish line, so does an artist feel a sense of triumph. The irony is that for an artist, once the finish line is crossed, it becomes a starting line from which the artist continues to build in ever more creative ways on the concept.