Rosemary recommended that I make photocopies of my work so far, cut them up and rearrange them:
I chose to copy them in B&W to get a better sense of the values.
(It had nothing to do with low ink levels. Nope, not at all.)
Not much to look at, but it did make me feel that at least one element of the picture should be less random. That shaped my next sketches, along with these images:
I liked many of the sketches on this next page, and could see coming back to them for a different project, especially the one on the right side of the page:
However, I missed the more organic, natural feel that was in the original photo that started all this.
I think the bottom sketches are what I’m after, though maybe somewhere between the two. I intend to choose materials for the collograph base block that will give the result a less structured feel. So, mix of neutrals vs. one bold color? Wavy lines across the whole image or shorter ones? Lines angled, horizontal or vertical? Decisions, decisions…