Even when a day seems mired in necessary chores, the brain keeps working - possibly in its subterranean depths hidden from the conscious mind - on problems or ideas related to the creative part of the brain. That always amazes me; I know I've written about how I may go to sleep with an insurmountable problem but wake up with its solution clear in my head.
Anyway, today's "solution" was about a small issue - too small really to even rise to the importance of being classified as a "problem". When working on studies for "Stourhead Stables", I had one study that I really liked but left unfinished. At that time I was ready to leave the drafts behind and go on to a finished piece. After that painting was completed, I still had this unfinished study. The only two things I thought I could do with it was first, work it into another, almost identical version of the stables, or second, file it away somewhere. Neither suited me.
While I was doing housework today, a possibility snuck into my head so unobtrusively that I didn't realize it was there until this evening as I sat almost dozing in front of the TV. What if I took the unfinished study and completed it in a very different way? Drawing the missing details in pen and ink would not only be unlike the painting; it might turn out to be rather interesting.
At least doing it will be.
I'll take before and after pictures and post them when it's done.