The drawing I posted yesterday in its first rough lines now looks like this. I might be doing some other versions as well. With this drawing I am figuring out what the reflections of the upper corner of the painting should look like: their design. The reflections are from trees that overhang the pond and the ways that the water’s motion catches and breaks up these dark greens.
The pattern is very abstract and doesn’t have to follow any particular pattern. It is entirely adjustable to whatever shapes seem most striking. So I draw different ideas — all of which are based upon the source photo — but which become slightly amended and distorted versions of it. The “reality” in this study that will finally matter is the one that evokes the pond’s mood.