This painting has been on my studio easel for a few weeks now. I’m trying to keep it fresh while at the same time making sure the figures are convincing. ‘Convincing’ to me doesn’t necessarily mean lots of detail –  just that perhaps,  if you half close your eyes, the figures could almost move.

I do have a small photograph of this scene that I’ve been using for reference, but as the painting develops, I’m using it less and less. This means that the painting progresses more slowly but that the finished painting will avoid the stilted look of paintings done directly from a photo.