I took these things to class today:
The work-up on yupo of the painting I'll do, the sketch on tracing paper, and what I traced of the sketch onto a half sheet of Arches 300# coldpress paper. I don't normally work on 300# paper but it's all I have left except for hotpress in this size (which I don't want to use).
Sorry, the sketch isn't very dark - and the photo is even lighter than in real life...
Basically, I went in thinking about this (I have a notebook where I wrote out ideas, thoughts on where I wanted to go, what colors to use, etc.) and having an idea of what I wanted to do.
When I showed everything to the class, they either laughed, were very silent, or said it was disturbing. Good! I no longer want to paint just pretty pictures - I want to put some emotion into a piece that someone might feel - whether that is a "positive" emotion or a "negative" emotion, I want them to think about the painting - what it might mean, say - how much of it is autobiographical, etc.
So...stay tuned tomorrow for what I did today - it's not finished but I'm heading in the right direction, I think.