My newest project and just started.
These are the early stages - from a few tentative charcoal lines on a fresh canvas to just putting down paint in an attempt to find a pattern that may work. There is an idea and a colour scheme behind it, of course, but from there on it is wide open - which means that anything is possible, including failure. It is always a bit scary, but mainly just at first as the first few brushstrokes will suggest a few more and so on.
But I love these early beginnings where you can just go at it without worrying about details and specific colours - details come later and muddy colours can - and will - be cleaned up, besides at this point I do not know which details or colours should be added eventually. And that is exactly the point: everything is in flux and it is all about exploring and searching and - hopefully - finding; for me it is the ultimate challenge and the reward is the sense of discovery and the feeling that YES - This works, and This is what is needed! And there is still the belief and hope that THIS will be the best painting ever - until reality sets in and I know that it isn't quite ------------ but surely the next one will be! Which is probably a good thing for if I ever painted the perfect painting - would I ever dare another one? I think not for it would have to be a come down --- and so I keep going.