Here is a lousy photo, but I wanted to use the grass in it.
The only sketching I needed for this painting, was the outlines of the duck's anatomy, drawn on a gray gessoboard.
I have laid down a plastic vegetable bag to use as a palette, and squeesed out my basic colors. Later I added some burnt sienna to the palette. I like to use plastic bags, because I can fold them over on top of the paint to keep it from drying out. That way I dont waste so much paint, and I can take a break for a while, and come back to where I left off.
The first coat of paint is applied to lay a foundation for some background water.
The water is more, or less finished.
What a mess. This is about the time in a painting when I just want to scrap it and start over.
I've started adding some grass.
Adding some light grass stalks.
The basic colors of the duck have been blocked in.