The 'History' of Painting

I'm sorry for this impudent and disingenuous title. However, in the scheme of my own painting world I chose it to remind myself that there exists a thread that appears to tie unrelated works together over time. 

In the early 1980's I composed a small number of little abstract pastel paintings. It was a short season of vital work and the creative flame burnt briefly – a match strike. I've hardly been that way again. Now, as I look forward to creating some new works I think that these paintings, over thirty years old, hold formal clues that will encourage me to push beyond my current boundaries. 

Pastel painting circa 1981

Sketchbook 23-7-14