Wow, does this look ugly! The under layer of a handmade paper isn’t much to write home about. Here, the basic composition is being planned out. Note the grids that separate each section of the painting. I use red china marker for the larger squares (the painting is 40 x 20 inches, the red marker divides the painting into 10 inch sections, four sections horizontally and two sections vertically). I use green marker to divide the red sections in half (in this case every five inches) and brown marker to divide the sections into quarters. I match this grid pattern on the original photograph on a sliding scale and color for color. The green line that moves across the painting horizontally is where the water line will go.

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