As you can see by the painting above, I have tried something a little different again today. Again, you will note that I did not pre stain the panel for this particular piece. I did however apply two coat of thick gesso with an old house painting brush so that I could get a rougher texture on the surface of the panel once it had dried. The texture may be more noticeable in the sky , and ( left click to enlarge) the water of the river.
I started the painting by drawing in the composition with purple oil coloured strokes, followed by washes of the main local colours of the subjects and darker shadows. I did this for the background, middle and foreground, followed by wiping out of some areas for highlights. I continued laying other darker values of the local colours to represent impressions of the background trees, shoreline and etc.
The foreground had less "rubbing out" as I added the local colours with thicker paint, in a more traditional manner, giving the foreground greater texture than the middle and background. Overall, I felt that this method, at this point, helped give the feeling of depth to the painting. I played with objects and their shadows in the foreground until I was satisfied that they gave the impression of what I was trying to accomplish.
This was a fun painting to work on, not unlike a "watercolour ".