Blocking In

Typically I block in the big shapes as a first step in a painting. In this one, it worked better to block in the background first and then work the foreground.

 Blocking in the background helped define the lights and darks for the remainder of the piece.

Blocking in the background helped define the lights and darks for the remainder of the piece.

 The finished piece. After working the foreground, I went back in to finish some of the background details.

The finished piece. After working the foreground, I went back in to finish some of the background details.