Here is what I am working on now. A friend of mine, Mr. Gail Myers, took this great photo that I am using for the basis of this painting:
I started by working up a sketch in pastel to test the composition and colours:
Based on this study, I think it should work out!
I decided to do this a little larger than usual, 18 by 36 inches. I started by mixing some yellow in with gesso and coated the canvas. Then I started at the top. After the first painting session, this is where I am at:
Going good so far!