Rather than jumping in with a large painting right away, I'll take Carrie's good advice and do a small study before tackling the larger one - just to get a feel for the colors, how it works or doesn't in the composition, etc.
So I did this study of Morning Glory Pool at Yellowstone National Park (5.25" x 11" scrap of Arches cold press).
I'm happy with the colors and the texture. But it definitely needs a sense of place - so a walkway or some background to put it somewhere rather than floating in place.
So now on to something bigger but also with a bit more stuff to tell you what you're actually looking at in this painting.
And it's about time for another portrait, I think. (I did challenge myself to do one a week and I've been a bit lax on that.)
I don't know what it is - the rain, the cool air that says autumn is here, or maybe too much caffeine but I feel like I want to do everything right now. And I just checked and my Cheap Joe's order is going to be delivered today = artist tape I've been needing AND a roll of Arches paper!!! Whew!!! Ready for the next challenge???