3) I'm much happier with this though there is much still to resolve. If I'd made a small painting first, I'd have already resolved most of the things I find myself unhappy with at this stage. There's no wrong or right – some painters carefully plan a canvas and some don't. It simply means they spend longer on different stages of a painting.
2) You can see here that I'd blocked in all the colours and then decided the composition was not quite right. The tree was far too upright and the horizon too high so I began to outline some corrections.
1) This is another painting I've started without doing a small study first and this could spell disaster. I may regret not having done my usual preparation.
The painting above is oil on a canvas which is 40.5cm x 40.5cm (16" x 16")