This is an abbreviated step by step of a recent oil painting. The easel shots were taken with my iphone so the color cast is a tad bluer than in reality but this gives an overall idea of how a painting is developed.
Block in: I paint over the entire canvas to get a feel for where my colors and values are.
Big to small shapes: Once I'm comfortable with the overall composition I begin to develop areas of the painting. I usually start with the focal area and work out from there.
I continue to bring areas in to focus...
This is the finished painting. Berlin's, 18"x24" oil on canvas.