The populating of pictures--mainly views, architectural subjects, natural wonders and other general scenes--was once more widespread than it is now.
Next time you think about putting in a figure or figures, think about what may be pulling you around. Early this morning I painted a tranquil lake in the Western Canadian foothills. I couldn't prevent myself from putting a couple of guys and a dog out there in a yellow rowboat.
PS: "I'm done with girls on rocks." (Maxfield Parrish, 1950)
* Except for my paintings posted here, the all the text in this color has been "lifted" from Robert Genn's Twice Weekly Letter of May 23, 2008. This is his website and you can sign up for his newsletter. Robert Genn full of interesting info on the the subject of art and best of all, his newsletter is free!