underpainting / spillpond / Meadow Farm

underpainting / spillpond

I worked about 40 hours on this painting. That’s the time I spent mixing colors and painting, but not including the time I spent cleaning my brushes and palette, or packing and unpacking my supplies, or the time driving back and forth.

I work for two or three hours at a time in plein air depending on the weather. Since I’m not rushing, my concentration is always fresh. I think working on it every day for a few hours, and taking my time helps me be sure there’s no weak places in my painting. You don’t need to see every step, because a lot of days I’m just correcting what I did the day before. I hope you can compare these four photos and see the layers of glazes.

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