Once the subject matter is determined and an idea of composition is formed, the background is covered in tracing paper (for ease of erasing and correction). The questions asked are: Who are these people? What are they doing, thinking and feeling? Where are they? What is the environment like? Flexible historic accuracy is attempted. The fishing boat is modeled after one common to the Mediterranean. Once the main elements are determined the painting is built up using water color washes and pencils, plus regular colored pencils and whatever is called for to make it work.
Paintings all are 22 x 30 inches on Arches 300 lb hot press water color paper. They begin with diluted splashes of red, yellow and blue transparent watercolor blown around with a hair dryer to create abstract shapes often resembling clouds. Meditation over several days comes next while sitting before the painting, turning it one way and the other. A certain scripture or theme may be present, or not. Shapes, usually people, begin to appear and the composition gradually emerges.
"The Best Beach Cookout Ever" C. E. FRAPPIER