Study of Central Park, 2009, oil on paper mounted on panel, 8 x 10 inchesI've been slaving on Asheville Trail and it's gotten to the point when I'm no longer able to judge the painting. I have become frustrated due to loss of spontaneity, which the painting had in its early stages. Working with green became a problem and trying to distinguish foreground, middle ground, and background within the space became difficult to manage. Tonight I made some progress, but not as much as I would like. I can't rush it though if I want it done right. To unwind after so many hours of working on one painting, I decided to make a quick sketch for a larger landscape I will to tackle soon. This will be an ambitious painting since it will be the largest I've painted since 2004, and the subject I've chosen is a dense, layered composition. I'm hoping that working on a larger scale will help me loosen up again, I know for a fact that this one will be a fun painting to make. Big brushes, bigger blobs of paint, and constant body motion is what I've been missing for so long.