As the painting progresses I might make colour changes, add layers, take parts away or make new marks. I rely on my feelings and let the painting ‘speak’ to me.
Some take weeks of scraping back and changing course whilst others come together quickly without too much stress. More often there is a battle of wills as I fight the canvas for an acceptable outcome but these challenges keep me focused and prevent complacency.
When I feel happy with composition and colour harmony I stop.
(Knowing when to stop is the hardest part).
Here are some recent paintings in the workshop...there is a change in mood. Perhaps autumn and winter have made the difference, as the surrounding fields and hedgerows relax after summer.