Got up early today and I started a larger (38cm X 61cm) painting. It's an iconic scene of Monet's Japanese Bridge and it's starting off well. It doesn't look like much in the beginning because it's just simplified color shapes with no details, but it's more ambitious so it'll be a slower progression. I marked the time on the back of the canvas and will be returning each morning to work gradually towards completion. It's really a constant race against the sun and my own fatigue.
Bur it feels good to tackle something like this and I want to go even bigger in the next few weeks. I have some big stretcher bars up in my studio that I want to use. Of course, larger paintings require more time, more paint and more planning than smaller ones.
Oh, and while I was painting this morning, I dropped my brush and it very nearly went into the pond! I wonder if Monet ever had that happen..