On The Way To Carleton Place ...11" x 14" oil/panel
This piece was painted on a gesso (two coats) prepared Masonite panel. The gesso surface was left rough and no flat colour was added to the surface prier to painting. The composition and layout were layed in loosely with colours mixed freely with odourless solvent until the whole surface was covered. This layer of colour(s) is now the underpainting.
Once the surface had evaporated, the layout was reinforced with the dryer local colours of the objects and built up to their final finish, while working all over the panel. This action can be quite intuitive.
While at this stage of painting, I think it is wise to step back from the painting from time to time to examine the 'impressions' and 'values' of the paint strokes just layed, compared to the whole. It helps to look through 'squinted ' eyes while doing this exam. I also check for lost and found edges as well.
Picking out and painting the final details and accents will bring one to the finish.
Except for waiting the first washes to evaporate, it seemed as though most of the painting 'happend' by itself in short order.