On Day 1 I thought it was DNA. I mean, that was the working title of this piece. I reclaimed this canvas from an older painting, so the morning was gessoing and more gessoing. I just started to block in some of the composition.
Day 2, added in some darks and tightened up the composition. At this point I was a little bit lost.
Day 3, decided I needed some angles and began reworking the composition. It was no longer DNA. I was tempted to take it off the easel and start something else, but I decided to just keep working at it. I was wondering where I was going with this. It was starting to feel like it was trying to be an america painting instead of a safety painting.
I have learned to let things go where they need to go. It is a mistake to force something that happens organically.
And here we are, caught up to Day 4. I'm about 75% done. It's now understory.