I feel the most difficult part of beginning a project is choosing the right image. For me, I need to look at picture or an inspirational piece as a starting point. For this particular project, I chose a photo I took of my daughter while we were out hiking in the beautiful Mississippi Palisade Park.
For a quick start I enlarged the original 8x10 photo into four 8x10 sections (Fig. 2) and placed together to form one large photo. Next, I used tracing paper to trace the outline of the image onto a 24x18 canvas. This allowed me to place the image proportionately without much fuss, plus it was quick and easy. Some call this cheating, I call it being efficient.