Figure pencilled in and face and arms painted, basic hair put in. As the landscape painting had a spray gloss varnish on it, it's hard to get a good photo without white shine patches! The painting is quite large, about 1m x 1m, and I haven't done one that big for some time, so it felt good to be back at the easel upstairs in my little studio! Stayed like this for a few days because I was having serious doubts about whether my collage idea would work.
OK, I finally committed to the collage idea...I think it's working OK, but the plan is to go over it with some delicate white pen-and-ink patterns, like a kind of lacework.
Finished! Well, as finished as it's going to get, as I had to take it in today.
I always spend too much time trying to plan things out it my head before committing pen to paper (or canvas), but I still get excited when things occur along the way that I hadn't thought of. The white pen-and-ink patterns started to remind me a little of some of the patterns in the Nazca Desert in Peru...and then I started thinking they were like some kind of ancient celestial maps of constellations, which I thought was highly appropriate...and then I realised they also reminded me of crop circles! They're essentially just doodles, no real thought and definitely no planning or designing gone into them, so I quite liked that idea. I need to stop thinking about my work so much BEFORE I start it, and just start and see what happens, allowing myself to have fun along the way. If I stop worrying so much about what might go wrong, I might discover some really interesting things!