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.