DEVELOPING A DESIGN
Most of my paintings begin with multiple
prestudies; this 4' x 6" sketch being typical. The first studies are
usually at thumbnail scale on a notepad using whatever drawing instrument
I happen to have at the moment. These thumbnails may be a quick recordings
of an idea or they may simply be a quick way of exploring composition
ideas without the time investment required for a more elaborate drawing.
If the idea is promising, I will increase the size and the complexity
of the sketch to further explore shape and value arrangements. If
I am not sure about the design, I will do a small color study, not
over 9"x12". I find these studies absolutely necessary to the process
of making design decisions and studying alternatives. I also use slides
and photographs for referencing details.