I decided to start the second of the cottage paintings more in the process I usually use. Which of course means that if you aren’t already familiar with that process you have no idea what I’m talking about. So, briefly, my favorite way to paint is to lay down a “blocked-in” layer, then refine it with two or more semi-transparent layers over that. The result in the middle of the process is an oil painting that looks somewhat like a watercolor. This photo shows two layers. It needs at least one more, but I may not put the final layer on until I’ve worked out the rest of the painting.
In the first painting something just possessed me to finish every section of it as I went along, but this one seems to demand a more gradual approach. I guess I will never be a formulaic artist…or else, I just like to keep everyone guessing.