I’ll be away from my computer for awhile so my posting may be sporadic at best. I thought I’d leave a concluding thought from this last period of time. Strangely, this small thumbnail sketch that I did last night is quite representative. Ever since I learned it from Sharon Williams I’ve been doing this thumbnails. I cut a piece of cardboard approximately 2″ X 3″. It’s actually exactly the same format as an 18 X 24 image which is a size I use quite a bit. With this I can quickly trace the template and then right from the start I’m thinking about a painting. I know exactly what the composition will look like when it’s enlarged. Anyway, I have these little cardboard cutouts in all the sizes that I use. On this size of image I can do a quick sketch checking composition or value or whatever. Even with shading it doesn’t take long. The photo I used for this had a larger tree in the mid ground basked in light. There was a pleasing mid value, out of focus bunch of trees s and sky behind this tree and another bunch of trees in the foreground that went right out of the frame. I think that this could make an interesting painting.
Hoping everyone has an enjoyable summer.