The beginning and the ending of a painting are the most challenging. In the beginning, there is planning, prepping canvas, lots of measuring, setting chunks of drawing and value up. Then it starts being fun, exploration of stuff, then as it ticks on to the end, I start feeling insecure. Am I over working? Should I have worked more on proportion earlier? Is is fresh still? …. That will come, but for now, I’m a just few hours in to the first piece in my Smithfields series.