OK my last post was too negative, but I was really down. This week I managed to pull out of my funk, and start a new painting. This is a painting of my son the fire fighter. He posed for me with his gear so I could take reference photos.
I tried a process that I have read about. Where you start a painting by drawing on the support before applying any paint. I used vine charcoal here. For me, other than the fact that I love to draw I think I could have skipped this process. Here is a picture of the composition sketch, reference photo, and drawing on a 16" x 20" canvas.