What thinking process does an artist go through before the final piece, the original piece, of artwork is completed? I sketch out ideas, make notes about what colors I want to use, and what mood I want to portray. The preliminary sketch is where I try to work out any problems that might arise, create a composition that works with breaks of space, determine the intended focal point with values or shading (which sometimes changes in the painted version), and just loosening up. Warming up the drawing muscles and connecting myself mentally to the work. Sometimes, I like my sketches better than the painting. Sometimes, it is a good thing nobody sees them, but me. Those go into my 'sin pile' along with paintings that didn't turn out (I rarely throw away art) until the day comes that they can be used in another way. A good example of resurrected paintings are my horse paintings: A Cool Morning Breeze and Painted By The Wind. The under painting of those was originally intended to be urban scenes. Here, in this gallery, are some preliminary drawings that were decent enough for others to see. Many of them have gone to the next stage and have been painted. See if you can find the matching painting in my Paintings gallery.
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