|Methodist Church, Handley|
Oil on panel, 11 x 14 inches
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Since it has been so hot here, I've been thinking about ways to keep myself from having a heat stroke while having the benefits of painting outside. In that spirit, this work was carried out in a few phases. I started with thumbnail sketches to decide on a composition. Next, I went out early one morning and nailed down an underpainting in a mixture of burnt sienna + ultramarine blue, to try and get the drawing as accurate as I could. Then, I worked for another quick session in front of the scene to capture the colors and values. Last, I brought the painting home and tweaked it in the studio to finish it off.
Breaking the painting up over a few sessions is an interesting way to work -- not only for the lack of sunburn, dehydration, and so on. I think it helped me to see errors I might not have noticed if I'd painted it au premier coup. Granted, you have to work to retain a look of freshness. To keep fresh paint on reworked areas, I scraped a lot with my palette knife and repainted directly on the panel ground. It's always good to rattle your own cage.