Sneak Peak #1 (pun intended) • February 15, 2016

It’s been a bit rough trying to get a hold on my 14th Mt. Haynes Picture. As so often happens lately, I had a big change of brain halfway through! What started as a painting built of fast and very energetic brushwork, with an expressive mountain capturing attention, suddenly became a much more considered view when I decided to shift the focus entirely by adding big trees in the foreground.

 

I badly wanted those ghostly trees in there, but once ink is down, you’re not supposed to be able to go backwards. White on black is definitely moving in reverse. As it turns out, there are ways to do it, but finding them has required a good deal of false starting and noggin scratching .

 

I’m beginning to make headway at last. Soon I’ll have a lot of process photos to show you, hopefully accompanying a picture that came out well. Meanwhile, here is what’s on my worktable as I lay down my brushes for the day: in the background is my big fight, while the inevitable cat drawings hang out around the edges.

 

Stay snug you guys!

 

Your Buddy Bill

 

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