After the painting workshop with Rob Nicol I decided to make some small thumbnail paintings in watercolours and gouache to get a better sense of what colours I wanted to use. The colours were inspired by American artist Edward Hopper, who was active during the time period, as well as Swedish concept artist Simon Stålenhag, whose brushwork I really admire. At this point I had not yet decided if I wanted a monochrome colour scheme, or if I wanted each image to have muted colours. My external mentor Charlene Man suggested I could use both, making key images stand out with colours. The thumbnails also inspired some of the final images that focus on landscapes.