At last I’m making real progress and the phases are happening as they normally do.  This is a good sign that I’m doing the right thing, in the right place and in the right frame of mind.

So once I’d prepped the canvas with gesso and crepe paper I left it to dry, and whilst that was happening I cleared my mind of the clutter and noise of the previous painting.  Then I got sketching and trying to visualise the scene in my head.  The first layer of paint went on like a dream, and the second phase which I completed today went just as smoothly.  Here are the first few phases – they have a lovely atmosphere and I’m confident with how this is going:

With any luck i’ll get this finished over the next 2 days – although it doesn’t matter if I don’t… 🙂

Its all a state of mind.