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4. Stage 1
I rehearsed the plan for the oil painting with a simple, quick pencil sketch including the addition of a new feature,a traditional boat derived from an earlier sketch done at a nearby location.
On a 16 x 20 inches medium grain stretched canvas I quickly laid in an underwash that broadly reflected the pattern of colours I could see. Vigorous non-overlapping strokes with a large (size 8 or 10) brush achieve this. The colours were not overmixed and consisted of more distilled turpentine than paint. Later layers of paint were increasingly richer in paint. This is the 'fat' over 'lean ' principle of oil painting and is one of the very few 'must do' aspects of oil painting.