So this is how the project started:
1. I made sketches, lots and lots of them in different composition and colors. I researched on penguin imagery, Antarctic landscape and even about the plants that can be found in Antarctic ocean. Since penguins spend half of their life in the water, I will place few diving in there.
2. Canvas and materials. I needed canvas and frame which I could disassemble for shipping, stretch and remove the painting from canvas multiple times. I was lucky that one great art supply team helped to set it up perfectly. I chose acrylic paint, as oil paint would take too long to dry (around one year), and acrylic is better for the style I am making this painting.
3. Let's start! It feels amazing to paint on such a large scale canvas, even if by the end of the day I can feel a bit of pain in the back and in my arms, but it's so much fun! I started "settling" first penguins into the painting, and I am aiming to paint around 100 penguins.