This shows the stages of a new painting in progress. Whispers of Dawn, available soon at Anderson Fine Art Gallery in Saint Simons Island, Georgia. (Click on the right side of the image to advance the slide show.)
Here are the stages of my 30x30 oil painting King of the Castle. I loved the gesture of this magnificent oak tree alongside the Jekyll Island Club Hotel. Its shape reminded me of a chess piece (hence the title), but it was really all about the light.
Click on the far right to see this painting from start to finish, in stages.
Here are the stages of a typical painting of mine while in progress. My favorite way to begin is to tone the canvas with thinned paint and, using a rag, wipe away the light areas to create the drawing. This also establishes the values and light effect I want right from the start. When dry, I add some lines and dashes of color to get started. I like to work from the background forward, pretty much alla prima.