This is especially the case today as I am going to be doing an acrylic that only measures 12" x 12" (approx 35cm x 35cm) - being that it is small plus Square makes it all the more restrictive.
I have a photograph as it happens.....
as you see, this would naturally go on a Landscape shaped canvas, so this is where my notes and sketches will help a lot.
Firstly I did a coloured sketch using my Inktense pencils
1. I want to make the most of a dramatic sky - You will see that the photograph has a lovely clear blue sky, but that would be rather ordinary in this piece.
2. Making the drama in the sky, means I need to move the horizon line down to below half way.
I have also done a pencil and some ink sketches - mainly to get the angle for the river (it needs to take the viewer into the painting).
I may even end up making the horizon even lower, but I'll almost have to judge that as I do the painting....which I will be starting very soon....and yes, there will be a blog post about it, regardless of how it turns out.