I was looking through my photos the other day and I found a nice one of Bonnie snoozing on the carpet. My carpet is a light pinky beige – without any design like the one here in the drawing – but a streak of light was coming across it, including the shadow of the edge of a lace curtain. I really liked the streak of light and the lace but thought it was a bit plain. Maybe a patterned carpet would be better.
So I searched the internet for carpet patterns and quickly found on that I liked. But how to place that complex pattern correctly under her?
My solution was to print out a photo of the carpet pattern from the internet. I then laid it on the counter at an angle that I thought was the same as the angle I was looking down at Bonnie from when I took her photo. I took a photo of the carpet photo in that position, then printed it out. I now had the photo below, showing how the carpet would look on the floor viewed from an angle. I put a grid over the photo – sizing the grid to get the approximate scale I wanted – then just drew it in around the cat that I had already drawn. A good trick, I think.
I need to discipline myself for the next step – a step that I most often skip but that I think will be expecially important for the painting – the value sketch. Tomorrow’s task.