Composition is something I enjoy working with. A cup of tea, my journal and a nice thick pen. Preferably feet up (wearing my sweat socks, of course).
Working on a series of paintings, I decided to push myself and work with a square format. I did a whole bunch of sketches, thumbnails, doodles, whathaveyous.
Lately, I want use few components and really get away from any kind of "realism."
So after starting a few paintings, I found out today that the paintings due for an April deadline were to be rectangles.
Out came the tea, the socks, the journal and pen. I worked late last night cutting different sizes of black circles and pasting them down on white paper. If it works in black and white: it works. And again, it's very enjoyable. Above are two books that I like to look at on composition: Notan and Molly Bang's Picture This.
When I get to the picture making, it is easier for me to flow into it without fussing around. More about this in a day or two.