Today I printed the last two colours for the Tree Spirit, bringing the total to the lovely number 9. Appropriate really, given that 9, in the Tarot, represents a physical completion of some kind. And no, I didn't actually consider any esoteric meanings when I first began planning out the colours; it just fell into place that way.
This is the finished piece:
It's definitely been my turning point print: the first I've ever worked on that turned out close to what I'd envisioned, without the edition size decimated as a result of mishaps, and one I actually felt like I had a handle on re: what I was doing. I breathe a sigh of relief and thanks.
On a different note, I've begun sketching again, trying for a sketch per night though I missed a couple last week. My goal is to loosen my hand and eye; I'm striving for a more immediate and less cerebral process, kind of like the quick gesture drawings we did in life drawing class years ago. Only I'm not drawing nudes this time but am using randomly chosen photos from my Czech photo books. I'm allowing myself only a few minutes for each one - trying for around 15 minutes or so.