This is the painting I have been working on lately. I did the drawing this past Fall but didn't get around to starting the painting until recently. This photo is of my easel which was in the carriage house studio until last week when I moved it to the dinning room 'cause I just couldn't get the wood stove to heat the place up enough to keep me comfortable while sitting still painting. It is kind of nice to be painting in the house for awhile with all it's lively inhabitants and domestic atmosphere.
I usually have reproductions of paintings I love clustered around the painting I am currently working on. It seems to help me in a way I am not sure how to talk about except to say they are my cloud of witnesses that give me courage to continue.
The doll dress that hangs over the side was to be inspiration for a pattern in the drapery. You can see the drawing off to the side. I always do very detailed drawings that then get transfered to the panel before I can begin to paint. The drawing helps guide the work along and remains an important reference throughout the process.