DAILY PAINTING: Yesterday, I started to make a few thumbnail sketches with the intention of creating a painting based on an abstract view of the recent Solar Eclipse (sometime in August). This is a value study, done in graphite, drawn to half scale. The canvas I have prepared for it is 16" wide by 28" tall. But I wanted to think on paper about scale and proportion. I wanted a simple, yet bold and dynamic image, and I'm happy with this. Now I can start to think about color.