Today I begin my painting for the Sunriver Arts Festival poster. This is an intimidating project. After all the things they told me they love about my painting, how can I possibly reproduce those in another painting? Can I possibly have that much control?
I decide to spend extra care on designing this painting, especially since I have a deadline, and no other canvas prepared to work on. Of course, there is always the safety of scraping off, which I have recently discovered to be very useful. Even so, I get out my gray markers and make value sketches. I make much more elaborate value plans than the thumbnails I usually do outdoors. This allows me to work out horizon line, numbers of trees, and a few other crucial shapes. It will help when I begin painting.