I start with an idea, like Spring. It's a great time of year. The snow melts, the air gets warmer, but there is a down side that people who live strictly on asphalt and concrete don't see, and that is mud. How do you get mud? Here is a receipe:

Take a 1400lb horse that stands on four spindly legs, (and for those of you who don't have a horse take your kitchen table, and then put your refrigerator directly on top of the table; now imagine it walking, running and sliding around your backyard.)  put it on your pasture that is still soft and wet from the recent snow melt. Wait half an hour. You will have mud. You can also do this in the fall after several days of rain, but the horses are as excited about being outside. There is nothing like a Spring day that will turn even the oldest horse into a three week old foal.

So I take this idea and I make a number of sketches until I have one that works for me:

In this case I made a digital colour version to try out a colour scheme:

Finally I transfer the drawing to watercolour paper and paint the final cartoon painting:

If anyone is interested in more of the "how to" kind of stuff, send me an e-mail. If I get enough interest I'll do something a little more exciting.