Chico at Dusk - Advanced class Painting

I intend to start posting all of the progressions of my current paintings.  The one being posted today is the painting from my Advanced Painting class.  At the end of the session I will also post a few of my student's work as well.  In the meantime, enjoy the step-by-step progression as the painting comes to life.

This is a photo taken at dusk after a wonderful rain this past January.
 Step One

Step One

All of my paintings start the same way.  I create a contour line drawing of my image as it is my roadmap to a successful painting.  If I need to save the light areas of a part of the painting I will use masking fluid.  Once I have painted that area, all masking fluid will be removed.  I learned the hard way that masking fluid left on a painting for a few weeks can solidify and can not be removed.

Here are steps 2, 3 & 4.

Here is the last step prior to completion.  I will publish the new painting soon.