It took me a while to build up my courage to start on the new canvas. For one thing, I asked Chris to make it 40"x60" then decided to reduce the size to 30"x45" but regrettably forgot to mention that to Chris (!), so when I came home from teaching Tuesday, he had already made it the larger size. Intimidating! It has ended up being perfect - I'm loving the larger size - but it made it a little harder for me to get going.
Plus I couldn't figure out how to incorporate all the new stuff I learned from Thomas - Jenny Saville? Freud? Rembrandt? Whose lead should I follow?
I took out my books by each of them plus another 10 or so books with other nudes in them and looked to see which sort of image I wanted to end up with. The interesting thing was that none of the pictures looked like I wanted mine to look. The colors were off, or they were too extreme, or not extreme enough, or they distorted the figure - whatever. Though I didn't quite have a vision of how I wanted mine to end up, I couldn't find it in the books either.
I decided that was a good thing and it meant I was doing something unique, so I began!