This was the painting that changed everything. Here starts “me.” What was it about this painting that broke from the past paintings? It starts with the original photo. The building was actually turquoise, maybe not as saturated, but it was turquoise. The other colors in the painting followed to balance this saturation. Purple replaced black. Purple, ochre, and turquoise became the foundation of many of my future paintings. The original color photo was taken at 6:30 AM on a Sunday morning in north central Illinois on one of my photo trips.