Right after completing the first painting in my Poetry (see https://www.behance.net/gallery/37726903/Poetry-1-Coleridge for background information) series, I launched into the second one, this time using the much, much shorter Morning, thinking of Empire, by Raymond Carver.
For this new painting, I switched back to a square format, 130x130 cm. It's the same height, but narrower. There are other differences. I decided, for this one, that I would respect the alternating black and white of the bars, not by using sheer black and white but by using colors that are heavily loaded with, you guessed it, black or white. This would give a completely different feeling to the painting. Also, since I was going to end up with very muted colors, I decided to insert a sort of frame inside the canvas, using the vivid drops of paint that were cut off from the excess canvas from the previous Coleridge painting, recycled-sewed in the base canvas for the painting.

Below, you'll find some of the intermediary pictures.
The whole project can be followed day by day on a Facebook album: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10207309949724391.1073741852.1154700579&type=1&l=84d3a94b13)
Preparing the canvas, with the "inside frame" created from the excess canvas from the Coleridge painting. All existing paint will be preserved.
Early stage of the drawing.
I have prepared 4 variations in Illustrator, attributing to each bar (black or white) a random color inside one of 4 colour books. Clockwise from top-left: Pantone + CMYK Coated, Focoltone, Toyo color finder and Trumatch. At some point, If I have the money to do it, I want to have those printed to go alongside the painting. They would each measure 60x60 cm, and be shown exactly in this manner, with a 10 cm margin from the painting and between them.
Early stage of painting.