Just begun, in the "blocking-in" stage
Here is a painting I just started, this morning. It is in the VERY BEGINNING, blocking-in stage, not a pretty stage at all. It is the time when things are being "mapped out" on the canvas, when I figure out where things go, and get a sense of the over-all feel. This will be one of the paintings in the group of paintings for the equine show in September in Orange, VA. The trick with this one will be to keep it from being too "tweedly" as the English say. I don't want it to become "too cute", so the trick is to paint the light, not the subject, if you get my drift! Part of the interest is the little girl, in her pink boots and pink jacket with her beloved pony. BUT ... the problem can arise where it just is all sugar and spice, and not meat. I want the meat, and I'm not even a big meat-eater! By taking these photos early on, and posting them, scary in itself, it does help me see them differently. I see things in this one that will most certainly be changing!