I developed a sketch of the concept for this painting:
I tried something new (for me) with this piece. Working on an 8" x 10" linen panel, I applied a layer of black gesso, allowed it to dry, and sketched my drawing onto it with a very light grey colored pencil. The painting will go on top of this drawing, so I sprayed it with a workable fixative to prevent any bleed-through:
After studying this stage of my painting, I decided to modify the right picket, turning it into a fence post in order to better direct the viewer's eye into the painting. I sketched this change onto the panel using a light pink colored pencil.
Again, I sprayed the board with workable fixative and was satisfied with this layout.
The completed oil painting:
Oil on Linen Panel
8" x 10"
Painting on the black background seemed to make the painting go faster. The black background automatically created shadow when I applied lighter oil paint. I will use this technique on future pieces.