Off yesterday for a day in DC. Visited the Smithsonian's American Art Museum and enjoyed the works of Norman Rockwell from George Lucas and Steven Spielberg's individual collections. A very nice group of some of Rockwell's originals for the Saturday Evening Post covers as well as numerous others. I was most taken with his full size, very detailed and intricate charcoal studies of a number of the originals on display. I was unaware that Rockwell did full size, some measuring four feet by three or larger, renderings before starting a painting. I was very drawn into his 'sketches' and found much to dwell upon as I sat and worked today.
Another smaller scale work, this one a shade over 3" square, for the upcoming Waterfowl Festival a short four weeks from this coming Thursday.