What you see here is just the raw underpainting. I generally paint the red behind the blue skies, and here I also put down white highlights and yellow in areas that will be a warm white.
The underpainting not only defines the layout, but it can also be used to interact with the transparent oil paints that go over the top.
Once the underpainting dried completely, I filled in the sky and roughed in the water area. I left the paint fairly transparent in a few areas so I can still just make out the underpainting. This makes it easier to fill in the building and the figure etc.
I began painting the building and the basics of the lone figure on the dock. I admit, I failed to take a photo before I went back and started on the building (my bad).
I finally completed this one! I had some other things going on that were keeping me away from the easel(s). I wanted to do some woodworking today but it’s only 16 degrees outside, so I got productive and finished this piece.
As you can see I added some elements in the water and all of the posts along the dock. I also worked up the reflection of the boat a bit and did some additional shading on the figure. I hope you all like it!
The finished piece is in the Gallery.
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