Several days ago I sold a painting of some musterers, and the buyer told me that she was buying it because it told the story of the relationship of the men, the horses, the dogs - and what they'd been doing.
When I'm painting I don't always think about the story behind the subject, but I'm becoming aware that paintings with stories are usually more interesting! This one that I've just finished is a little dinghy which I spotted moored near Nelson. It's battered and rusty, settles on the mud at low tide and bobs about when the sea comes back in. I guess that it belongs to somebody with a bigger boat who uses it to get backwards and forwards to the shore- but I've never seen them. I enjoy paintings with a bit of mystery- you can make up your own story!