All over the floor, surrounding me, are my studies, sketches and references as I continue to work on the final version of this theme. It's really a balancing act to make sure I know exactly what elements are going into the final painting. While the final painting is a challenge by itself, it's a breeze when compared to figuring out compositional elements and doing studies.
I never want to be guessing when I'm painting the final piece. It's easy to lose track and start making things up, but that is not thoughtful work. There is a difference between spontaneity and error/guessing. To imbue the painting with life, I want to keep some elements of sketching, which is why it's necessary to leave the ebauche in some elements of the underpainting. But to leave the ebauche in some areas is a pre-conceived element and not a mistake.
I will continue work and finish this large piece (34" X 56") so that every detail is lovingly rendered. Not going too slowly or too quickly, but at the right pace.