Laying out the wool.

Laying out the wool in thin wisps.

Laying out the wool in thin wisps.

I used to lay wool out in thick chunks not really caring about how it affected the final piece. As I have grown more experienced, I now use wisps of wool to build up the layers. I learned the importance of this technique from taking workshops from Suzanne Morgan (http://www.suzannemorgan.com), Fiona Duthie (http://www.fionaduthie.com) and Judith Dios (http://www.judithdios.com) over the years. They achieve beautiful interwoven colors and interplay of textures not possible without laying wool like this. It takes practice, patience and time to do this technique. 

Drawing the main composition with the wool.

Drawing the main composition with the wool.

Using the drawings as a guide, I drew the major areas of the composition using light blue wool. These panels are huge and I have a problem seeing all the panels at the same time. I have elements that flow from one panel to the other and I must make sure they are laid out in the correct place. This is where a measuring tape comes in handy.

I have planned six base layers of varying colors so laying out the wool will take quite a few days.

These drawings are taking up a lot of our real estate!

Drawing elements on the last painting. Note the start of filling in the base colors on the paintings at the top of the photo. 

Drawing elements on the last painting. Note the start of filling in the base colors on the paintings at the top of the photo.