Yes, as Maria taught us all in The Sound of Music,
"...let's start at the very beginning, a very good place to start. When you read you being with ABC, when you sing you begin with Do Re Mi.." and when I paint I begin with a sketch.
Here's a look inside my sketch book.
This was my brainstorm session while on the plane to DC. That's how it all begins...a song lyric, a conversation, something I see...I then do a VERY small black and white sketch--plotting out the colors...
Then I do a color sketch in my book...and THEN we consider the sketch for canvas.
Once I decide what is going to be painted, a whole other set of steps begin...and I'll tell you about those when the painting begins in July.
So now you know the first of MANY steps!