I'm not there yet but getting ready. It's been a long dry spell. Does that happen to other artists? I know I've continued to do creative things but painting, actually producing some major works, just hasn't been happening. I realized it when I began thinking about what I had to enter in some upcoming exhibits... nada... nothing... not a new piece to be found. Yes, time has been taken up with a new grandchild; however, that's just a month (he was a month old yesterday.) I can also tell by the time it's taking me to get the drawings done. I'm working on two right now. One is rather complex so I'm doing a very careful drawing trying to get the values right and trying to group things together so it isn't quite so complex and I get some interesting shapes. That's this one and it's going very slow.
Thanks to wetcanvas buddy Mike Beckett for this reference. Here's a link to Mike's blog
The other piece is already on the half sheet that the pouring will be done on. It's another one based on an image from a wetcanvas buddy, Jeanette Jobson from Newfoundland. She does beautiful work, here's a link to her blog. And here's the drawing ready for the first mask. I know it's difficult to see but it has to be that way or I'd get graphite mixed with the paint.