I varied the theme in another gouache painting. The Tatzelwurm lives in a lotus pond.
I'm not sure if I should continue according to the painting. It is an experiment. The free motion of my pencil on the white cloth gives me a wonderful freedom. I'm not scared of the space; it used to block me in the past, and I started my paintings with acts of serendipity like giving the painting board (I never used canvas) a print with a crushed piece of paper, dipped in paint, by covering the board with torn scraps, soaked with glue; these procedures made my phantasy wake up. This is quite different; the white space is so inviting to define it by the motion of the beast.
I noticed a bit late that I joint jude's beast theme.
I seem to be proceeding rather fast. Probably this is due to a both-hands technique with my right hand under the frame and the left one above. This reduces the time of stitching to about 20 or 30 stitches per minute. Of course, cutting the thread, splitting it in halves, threading the needle and fastening the end on the reverse without a knot takes a bit more time.