This is the second painting in a series of images that I am working on, inspired by the book "The Alchemist". In efforts to finish this piece for the "Big Characters" show that opened this past saturday at Seven Arts Gallery I had to cut a few corners in my process. Lately I like to complete a value study as well as a color study before jumping into the painting, but these steps were left out due to limited time. The result was that I ended up with some things that were a bit more spontaneous than if I had gone through my usual preliminary steps. Of course there were also some things that I struggled with by not having a few essential details sorted out in the beginning, but that is par for the course.