I have a project I am working on. It is fairly large, so it is occupying my easel for a number of weeks. I work on it a little at a time. I just put on New Age spa-like music and go into a zen kinda mood and I work on this. This piece is my escape from the world and meditate kind of thing. No pressures, no show I am planning for it....just pure zen painting....
I started with a whole bunch of photos I took. I drew fish shapes from these photos in the scale I needed, and cut them out of scratch paper. I also cut out lily pad shapes, and water reeds too. I moved them around my pastel paper (it is an orange colored gritty paper) until I got an arrangement I liked.
Then I traced their shapes with a pastel pencil. Then I began with hard pastels, doing light layers in the background and using different dark colors layered over each other.
Then, when I got the background values about right, I had to decided what colors the fish would be. So I started putting a light layer of the fish colors in.
So this is the stage I am at. I'll show you how it progresses in about a week.