I drafted up a thumbnail and a palette study for my current commission and many changes were made after speaking with my client. We decided to nix the gold and magenta and keep things simple: grays, lavenders, whites and a tiny bit of blue were favored. My painting surfaces were delivered to my studio shortly after, so I was happily able to get an earlier start than I had planned. Here is the progress I have made. I'm laughing now at how unlike the sketches the paintings have turned out to be. Not in a bad way, of course.