The creation of a painting...
I take hundreds of pictures and make as many sketches as I can from different angles in situ.
Back in the studio I analyse my photographs and sketches and decide on a final composition.
I sketch this more than once so that I get to know it.
I separate off any complex parts and sketch them individually.
I make an underpainting in diluted oil paint to establish the composition on my canvas.
I work on the painting in stages. I live with it near me when I’m not painting it so that I can see which parts work and which parts don’t.
It is always hard to decide when the painting is finished. An exhibition deadline is a good stopping point! Without this I might go on forever working on it!