"Country Lane" 10 x 12 in. Oil on Prepared Panel
The panel for this painting was prepared with my usual three layers of gesso and a ground coat of, in this case, a Burnt Sienna and a spot of Cadmium Red .
My layout and value study were worked out on the panel with my trusty super soft graphite pencil. I find that using the soft graphite pencil helps to keep the drawing loose and to avoid getting involved with the details at this early stage of the painting.
The layout was then washed or in some areas, dry brushed with odourless mineral spirits. I let this stage dry before proceeding with the painting of the subject.
The colours for this piece were my usual limited palette. The only other colour that I added later in the painting was Sap Green.
Hmmm, the mosquitoes have not "burned off" yet !