This is a small 9 x 12 canvas panel. Painting time, about 1 1/2 - 2 hours. I'd like to come back after things are set up a bit and work on shadows as well as adding a bit more detail here and there. I'm also thinking about lightening the foreground, including the nearest barrel and plants in order to get more of a feeling of intense sunlight sweeping over everything. I'll think about it a little more for a couple of days. All in all, I felt OK. I followed Dan's processes. I worked from back to front, finishing each item in the painting pretty completely before moving on to the next. I used no OMS at all...a little walnut oil being my only medium. Almost all of the paint is straight from the tube...by that I mean, mixed with other colors, but no medium at all. The exception is the background and the brighter leaves where medium was necessary to get the paint to flow over the layers of wet paint already there. I also concentrated on trying to get the paint down right the first time. Over the years, I've developed habit of putting paint down and then 'correcting' it by coming back again and again to adjust color and value. I'm trying now to get it right the first time. When I'm successful at that, the colors seem much cleaner and fresher.
|Outside My Studio Door Oil on 9 x 12 canvas panel|