Well, I'm wondering, with all this planning, if I will ever paint this! But I keep telling myself all this planning and working out things is a good thing. Yep, a good thing...don't worry, it will make it a better painting, don't give up, don't rush through...you can do this! I think I'm tired because right now I'm not convinced.
But I did work on it today and got to the Great White Shape stage....
Larger tracings of the chair, the rakes, the woman. I made the woman in a reddish color because I traced her on the paper last and I wanted to see where her parts overlapped the chair parts.
Then I fiddled with the kudzu vine from photos I saw online (all in the public domain since they were a department of agriculture set made by agents in Georgia). I just have to place the vines and leaves around where I want them on the chair and woman and upwards above the dark railing.
And then I took another piece of tracing paper, laid it over the traced woman, chair and rakes, and tried creating a "Great White Shape," something Sandy Maudlin taught me after she learned it from John Salminen.
Sandy says a Great White Shape has to go off the page on at least 3 sides (mine goes off on 5); it has to have a diagonal thrust (check); and it has to be irregular/unpredictable in shape and size (check).
So, am I ready to paint?
I next have to look at that Great White Shape again tomorrow (with fresh eyes) and make sure it's okay. Then I have to choose my dominant color temperature and what colors I want to use in the painting. Then I have to get that kudzu vine twinning around the woman and chair the way I want it - and onto the watercolor paper.
Then, and only then can I begin to put color to paper. So I'm looking at Wednesday...stay tuned unless you're so bored now you can't stand it - in which case, I'll share what I am planning on painting in class Tuesday (not this - something entirely different!)