"Two stories of Modesty" - 8" x 11" - oil
In step with my promise to keep the mediocre paintings down to a minimum, I've been redeveloping my process. Part of this redevelopment means getting back to some old habits like creating thumbnails to work on composition. During my undergrad years, drawing thumbnails was an automatic. For four years my professors pounded the importance of starting the creative process with thumbnails into my head. Even to this day when an illustration project comes up I start developing thumbnails but somewhere along the way I got away from this process when it came to fine art.
So a few days ago I found myself about to start the painting above. I had my reference in hand but I was still a little nervous about starting. Then I heard a voice say "if you plan it the art will come." So I grabbed my sketch book and started drawing thumbnails based on my reference photos. Within a few minutes I had a few different compositional options like the ones below.