3/28/16 Notes to Myself:Building a foundation in painting is an important part of the process for me. I start with a value study in Ultramarine Blue. Navigating the canvas, I start to define the range of lights and darks. Simplifying the space to its most important elements as I experience it. Sometimes the wheels fall off later down in the process as I begin to add the color. But that happens less now these days because I've learned to count on that foundation. It's a guide that helps pave the trail to the final outcome. So when the "wheels" go astray I'm less influenced and often see the gifts in the detour. Even if I have to wipe everything down and start all over, the foundation remains standing unfettered by the detour.