I was driving my boys home from a lacrosse match south of Dayton when we happened upon a tree lined field. It was late in the afternoon, and the trees were casting long shadows that looked like fingers. I love landscapes like this. I stopped and gawped. My boys wondered what the hold up was. I tried later to do a thumbnail sketch to lay out the composition, like so:
I did not take a picture. A thumbnail sketch and my memory is all I've got to work from for composition. For more on thumbnail sketches, you can read here.
You'll notice, I've been repeating paintings--frequently it's for scale. I'll experiment small and then scale up if I like the small work, or the study. Or, it could be to fix issues like shape and color. When I'm working from my imagination it can be hard to strike the right balance the first time out. You can see that when you compare the paintings here and here.
Hopefully, next week, I'll be able to show you an improved version of the same landscape.