So the next question was composition; in my preparatory sketch of the Roman gate it was landscape, but I wanted the painting to be portrait. So how much to include.....
With my composition decided upon, then started my next challenge....find a pencil! How does an artists' studio not have a pencil in it?! I really have no idea what happened to them all. I finally managed to locate a "Birdworld" pencil that had obviously been bought for me at some point...probably as a joke I can't really remember, but it was sharp and that was all that mattered. I started with the outline;
......and then eureka!! Whilst stopping for a quick chocolate break I found 2 graphite sticks...hurrah!! I then began working the darker shades into the surface and giving it extra detail. I'm working in the dark with the projector and can't really see a thing, so there's no way I can paint like that. I needed to get as much detail into the drawing as possible to be a guide for the layers of paint that will follow.
So after 20 or so minutes, working into the image and adding more to the left hand side, making the gateway disappear off to the left hand side of the canvas, I had enough information in the drawing to be to begin drawing on my next studio session. Here's where I left it and will post the works progress here once the painting is underway so stay tuned.