When realism becomes too constraining for me, I like to reach into surrealism, to take an idea or a concept and develop it with a magical flavor. This allows me to elicit the viewer's thought processes and visually define a concept, idea, or feeling. When a rectangle becomes constraining, I create shaped panels that I paint in trompe-l'oiel fashion. This gives me endless possibilities for shape and depth illusions. Hope you will like 30 Paintings straight from realism to surrealism by Jeffrey Batchelor.