In this throw-away world where the importance to recycle is becoming more evident and the re-imagining of the use of waste materials is growing, I decided to use my leftover oil paints again to create new pieces of art work rather than throwing them away. Moving out of my normal painting zone, which are oil- based landscapes and cityscapes I thought about trying something different by creating abstract works of art, where I could find beauty from the leftover paint that would usually have been discarded. A series of five paintings emerged over a period of time and the finished results proved to me that leftovers can be just as dynamic and worthwhile as the original. What I found interesting was that after working on landscapes, my mark making on the abstracts were more free flowing with swirls and curls.I wondered if these more spontaneous paintings were influenced by the natural shapes of landscapes, revealing an unknown response to nature. It seemed as these works evolved that my cityscape work was having an impact on my mark making just as effectively as my landscapes, with the work becoming more linear and geometric in shape. I wondered if my abstracts were revealing an inner consciousness about the subject matter. It is something that I hope to explore in the future.