Today working on the Kennebec Courthouse mural I did the initial block in of the logger. I enlarged and transferred the drawing to the wall with the traditional grid method…drawing a grid on the drawing and then drawing a larger grid on the wall and using the grid to reference where the parts of the drawing go. I have been drawing the larger grid on the wall with light colored pencil and then just drawing the figures in charcoal. Then I proceed to the block in of the paint.
Also worked on trees, ship rigging, an 18th century musket and some mist today. A good day of brushes. I am not the tidiest of painters but I like the feeling of planning very well up front with drawings and studies and then working loose on the final canvas…pulling things from seeming chaos. Rough scrub-ins give much more energy underlying the final paint.