Waiting for varnish to dry…

I do not love framing, and now I know I do not love varnishing either. I have spent the last few days waiting for varnish to dry and have started planning my next painting. This is a drawing I did in my studio today during the down time. It is not to the scale yet of the next canvas, but none the less it is the beginning of a thought process. I will probably draw this composition out one or two more times before beginning to paint. The canvas I am preparing for this painting is 20″ x 30″.

Planning? Me?

I started a new piece today. Usually I will just go for it, referencing a photo, maybe making a quick drawing. Today I made a preliminary drawing, to scale. I rarely plan so meticulously. However, I am going to attempt a larger painting. Most of the works I have done in oil recently have been small, because the direct alla prima painting I have been doing does not seem to work as well large. I tried a few, and they have been pretty unsuccessful. I just cannot accept that. So, now I try again with a game plan. I will post updates soon!