Steady as she goes...
Yes, all was normal in the studio. I had purpose and I went right to it. The painting "Pond" moved toward its natural completion and the warm-up drawing came easily.
One comment on reproduction: "Pond" is not photographically reproducing exactly as it appears in the studio. This discrepancy seems to be increasing as "Ponds" complexity increases, mostly because of the subtlety of its color gradations. I tried to use some Photoshop tricks to bend it into proper reproduction (filters, color balancing) but failed. There is also some surface reflection (I use polarizing filters and soft light) that I did not eliminate. My goal here is to keep you informed on its progress. When complete I will put great effort into properly reproducing it. However, this problem addresses the impossibility of properly seeing a hand made painting via reproduction. You must see it in person.
Here is the warm-up drawing of the day:
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