I don't know if anyone else does this, but some time ago I hit on the idea of clear acetate to help me with a painting. At the time I had been considering whether or not to add something extra to a painting I had been working on....can't remember now what it was at the time, but it seemed very important back then. I think it may have been something like:
1. do I add a thatched cottage or
2. do I add trees - anyway, it was something like that. In the end I thought wouldn't it be great if I could do an overview - stand back and make a considered opinion.
Then I had a 'Eureka Moment' and thought how about drawing the subject on to clear acetate and putting that against the painting - that way I could step back and make a decision
I drew these with a Sharpie marker
This is what I am working on at the moment. Obviously still some way to go, but have wondered if I should perhaps add some ponies or trees?
I'm happy so far with the sky, but that does depend on the contrast with the land, so that
final decision has to wait
No, I won't be putting trees in mid-air!! but do you see what I mean about moving the acetate pictures around the painting to get a good position
So, there it is, for now I will plug on with this painting. May even leave it alone for a while and come back to it again - there is no hurry - I may even end up deciding not to add any trees or horses at all and just let the landscape speak for itself!