I am now painting outwards away from the main focal point.. finding other ares that need careful attention to drawing... the chair and table... the simple masses around the window and so on.
I normally am ready for another coffee at this stage and sit back for a moment to look at progress. I ask some simple questions.
1. Is the composition what I want?
2. Are the values right?
3. Is the drawing accurate?
4. How much further do I need to go to capture the essence of the scene?
When I paint.. I sometime imagine I'm looking through a camera lens that is slowly being pulled out of focus. The focal point is clear and as I paint away from it I have softer edges and larger shapes and leave the focal point as a detailed area.
After all that is the way we see.. so why not paint this way too? This wet in wet approach really helps to get a beginner artist away from painting up to edges. Look at Rembrandts work and all the lessons are there!
I didn't start with a pencil drawing.! I just kept measuring carefully and placing and correcting as I moved along.
Learning to draw with the brush is a challenge initially but it is a great way to get away from those pesky hard edges.
Now I move quickly... the light in the window is changing.. the cafe is getting busy and the people I'm painting are leaving.
I place the simple shapes of objects around the focal point.... a picture frame on the wall ... the light above their heads.. the pole that holds the drapes.. and so on.
I am also frantically shooting pictures as I go and the wait staff are starting to get concerned... they haven't seen me taking photos before. The other customers are starting to hide behind the coat racks and there is a tension in the air... I'm wondering if someone has called the police as a siren stops close by..
I have visions of men in white coats dragging me out kicking and screaming while I try to explain I'm a harmless painter... I'm doing this for wet canvas....
Just kidding... all is calm and apart from the changing light I am content.