Earlier this week I was painting the River Thames at Strand on the Green. The top picture shows the painting a couple of minutes after I started. I have used very thin paint to draw in the basic composition.
The middle photograph was taken twenty minutes later. With a dramatic and fast moving sky I needed to work quickly to capture it. The trees are a little more solid but the river is still almost untouched.
The last photo shows the painting an hour later. The trees and river have been worked on together, with a little more work on the sky. By this point the day was starting to brighten up and touches of blue were appearing in the sky. It was time stop as I did not want to end up with one scene painted on top of another.
I was working in oils on an 8 x 16 inch board. Click on each image for a larger view.