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Stage 3

Stage 3

After two 2 hr sessions and multiple trials on the background, this is what I’m deciding to paint. I initially tried an impressionistic approach to a grove of trees but it proved unsatisfactory, so I opened it up to create a view of distant mountains. Several different arrangements were painted and scraped back and painted again. This week I’ll move about the painting adjusting color and edges mostly. Maybe I’ll get into one of the children and the figure of Jesus. Before I leave I’ll carefully scrape the sky, mountains, and treetops to keep the buildup of paint to a minimum, especially in the darker values and shadow areas.