I always enjoy seeing other artists’ progress photos of their work. I like the evidence of a visual progression that shows a creative mind at work, stripping away the illusion that this all comes effortlessly and instantly. However, I am often wary of showing my own progress as sometimes it causes for a too much too soon effect, in which the final incarnation is undercut by a lack of surprise and drama. So, I have come to this solution: I will show progress photos and sketches, but none which show the entire painted canvas as a whole until it is finished. The pictures above display the painting at a rough middle stage. Lights and darks have been placed and color is making its way into the composition. A teacher of mine once told me to think of a painting in not three stages of beginning, middle, and end, but to subdivide each stage into three more for a total of nine. For example, the beginning is composed of three parts: the beginning of the beginning, the middle of the beginning, and the end of the beginning. A little superfluous perhaps, but it actually makes a lot of sense. To that end, I’d say this is the beginning of the middle.