So I realized later in life that I am visual...I know, very not self-aware for a lot of years. Anyway, I am a visual-- so whenever I want to rearrange furniture for instance, I have to push it all around till I see what i like best.
I am better now at visualizing in my mind's eye but still a lot of times I need to see it first. That's true of backgrounds, sizing, composition on my art. So I usually work from a photo (groan from lots of you-I heard that.) And in Photoshop I approximate the size of canvas vs. the image and move it around to where it looks best.
But wait! There's more. Then I print a low res image of what I think I am going to paint and tape it to the canvas and leave it because sometimes I think that's great and look at it 1/2 hr later and hate it. (No, I'm not crazy!)
It is time consuming but I def don't want to throw away a painted image I really like that is in the wrong place on the canvas. My set ups are very basic, and I prefer only one thing on a canvas! Haha. Didn't realize this was true until I started this thread. See? Still not too self aware!! http://www.dailypaintworks.com/Artists/sunny-avocado-445
Anyway, my process is time consuming. Anyone have the same problem? Shortcut?