Spontaneous painting tends to lead to looser, more interesting compositions. But there needs to be that connection with the ‘essence’… of the scene. As an example, my family and I used to travel down to Delaware to visit my grandparents. They would drive us into Ocean City, Maryland to their condo apartment by the beach. Being at the beach, smelling the salt air,playing in the sand and surf, feeling the waves flow over your feet, and looking out to the horizon, has a profound effect on a person. It did for me. I still feel a connection to the ocean, and it drives me to want to paint it. Combine that with the beauty of sunsets, and you have inspiration to paint the endless variations of ocean and sky.
Digitally painted on my iPad Air using a plain stylus, likely in ‘17. Based on a Creative Commons photo.