Happy to have a project on the easel again and a deadline to meet, and while engaged with this new ideas and plans beginning to bubble up again.
Received an RFP (request for proposal) for artwork for a new hospital being built in SD, asking for americana/nostalgia themes for a "Main Street" commons area. I submitted photos of existing work, samples and proposed commission ideas. The committee commissioned two paintings, a 24 x 36 oil and a 30 x 22 watercolor. The oil will have to dry a spell before it can be shipped in the beginning of March, so that one has to be tackled first. It will be based on the little painting above (9 x 13 oil of the kids at the 4th of July parade).
Here's the underpainting (24 x 36)...
And here's the initial block in, trying out some colors and values, changing a few things around. What works in a small painting doesn't always fly when you blow it up three times bigger.