6x6 oil on panel $150
The solstice is here and even though Winter has just begun we can look forward to increased light. Today was mild and some of the snow is melting, I was even able to photograph this outside.
This is the sketch. I find drawing and composition to be very relaxing. After work if I am too tired to paint I will set up a small still life and do a value and composition study.
I use an imprimatur of Transparent Earth Orange and a brush drawing in umber. I refer to my sketch as well as my still life while I do this.
I block in basic colors and values in order to cover the whole panel with thin paint.
First Layer of thicker paint. After this I often take a break, sometimes just for a coffee. Today my sisters and I helped my mother get her house decorated for a major family party. The garland looked nice wrapped around the stair rail.
Often when I get back to a painting I see flaws major or minor that were not obvious before. I wiped out some areas and adjusted my drawing.