Anywhere! My ideas come from my surroundings. OK, not every pretty picture translates into great art. What is the basis for my subject matter? First, I suppose, I notice color. Color has always been a very important aspect of my life. I love color! I also look for subject matter that has some dimension to it. I like contrast, as well - lights next to darks, large next to small, order with chaos, etc. And good composition. I look for scenes where the area is full, where there is little "empty space". I guess that's why a lot of my paintings are up front "in your face" types.
This painting developed after my friend and I were shopping in a local market. I noticed the colorful display of heirloom tomatoes. I marveled at how this would make a good painting. My friend took several photos of the display with her phone and sent them to me. After looking over the photos I chose one and began my painting. Notice your surroundings.