The Tuscan weather has finally turned and allowed the gentle spring light so cherished by plein air painters to shine through. This is my first oil painting of the season. Painted in in the Pandolfini gardens.
Here, I'm giving a rough break down of the process.
Very quickly and roughly, draw in the major shapeswith your brush, being sure to get the general perspective correct. Then around the main shapes paint in the large shadow shapes in one tonal value. You'll quickly realise that there isn't a need for a lot of detail in the main objects. In fact more details are an impediment to accuracy.
shapes should be put in without much detail. Try to work around
whatever is going to be the main eye catching element in the painting. Don't respect edges too much.
It feels like I've cast aside the winter and am stepping out to explore more of the painting possibilities which Florence offers.
Tom J. Byrne