Recap of St. Croix project conceptual sketches

This post includes a variety of early sketches in which I attempted to interpret the 5 themes of the St. Croix painting project.  It emphasizes the search for visual unity and clear communication.  When a solid design is finally established, it seems so obvious. In my experience there is usually a discouraging stage early on in the process.  I stumbled from one idea to the next with this project for months at a time trying to make content, style, and composition all work in a clear and concise grace.  When a project begins, no one knows for sure what the result will be.  The sketches in this post show a variety possible directions.  Some ideas have grown and survived to the final design while much has been eliminated in favor of clarity.

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