Plastic: I’ve been studying the 2 working copies of my proposed painting and have come up with a color plan for the 1st layer on the painting. I have yet to make a same-size drawing and tracing but that will happen soon. In the meantime, I’m going to do a few more small paintings using the middle and bottom swatch for my opening moves. When I did the blue swatch I was planning the sky area. When I did the bottom swatch, I was thinking of my foreground. Regarding the value scale, I’m starting in the middle, will reserve whites (another decision; use frisket or paint around?)
The blue swatch is a combination of Cerulean Blue and Aureolin Yellow. The bottom swatch is Cerulean Blue, Aureolin Yellow and Alizarin Crimson, which I will use to establish tones. Mixed together I think/feel that it makes a lovely gray. I desaturated the photo of color swatch in my photo editing program so I could see how much white paper to ‘save’ and how dark I can go to do the finishing touches. I’m satisfied that it will make strong darks for this painting as well as pale yet colorful light.
Psychological: One of the reasons my drawing table hasn’t been available is that it’s been my eBay table for the past 6 weeks & covered with chotchkes I want to sell. It’s also been too cold in there to work comfortably at art. The good news is that I’m almost done selling the eBay stuff; the last item goes out the door in a few days. I’m not sure how cold it will be but I feel certain that I’ll get to the drawing by this weekend, even if I have to use a space heater to keep warm.
The rest of today will be spent going out and doing some shopping, then some cleaning and making dinner for a good friend. And celebrating no storm today and plenty of sunshine.