I think I now know why the drawing took so long. When I stepped back and looked at the latest incarnation of this painting, I was astounded at how exactly like my horse the image was. I was so intent on making it look just like him that I kept endlessly revising the drawing until it was so. Even though I didn’t really “see” it until a few layers of paint later.
That’s always the surprise with my painting. I truly mean it when I say that I never really know how a painting is going to turn out until it’s finished. It’s just such a rewarding surprise to see it take shape this early in the process.