I have been trying to draw/sketch something everyday and work on my next painting intermittently.
The sketches aren't posted in any particular order and some pages are done over several days. At the bottom are some leaf dragons from the front. Someone in the house commented that all the leaf dragons are from the side and it would be nice to have a different view. I said that is the 'traditional' view... ;)
The painting I am currently working is also from the side, but I may do the next from a different viewpoint, possibly 3/4, as that view can show a lot of personality.
I think it's finished... maybe... I'll hang it o the wall and live with it for a while, but I think it's abandonment time. Besides, he wants his portrait ;)
Some thoughts or things I may have learned:
1. I started out with my background too light on this painting.
2. I do better with layers like in photoshop than wet on wet.
3. Waiting for the paint to dry before putting on the next layer interrupts my creative process and I have to remember what the plan is/was which is problematic since I'm done with it and the project has faded from my memory.
4. If I start out with a general concept and let it grow layer by layer, I'm much better off. Otherwise, I have to make sketches, detailed plans, a mock-up, and then start on the project... I do this with the horses I have painted in watercolor, to some degree. And, that's work.
5. This is supposed to be fun and if I have to remind myself too many times that it is supposed to be, then I need to rethink the process.
6. Once reconciled to the waiting time in between layers, I am beginning to enjoy the process.
7. It is more productive to have several paintings in progress than to only work on one at a time. This creates havoc with remembering which one is for what... I may have to tack notes to them.