When presented with the image the artist is to reproduce, they first select the right size canvas, and then begin pencil sketching the outline of the design. Detail is not important at this stage, the artist simply wants to make sure that everything is in the right place and proportion.
Then broad areas of colour are filled in with thin paint.
They are successively refined and corrected in thicker paint to which oil and varnish are added. The paint can be applied using a brush made from animal hair, or a flexible, wide-bladed painting or palette knife, or even the fingers.
After each painting session, the paint must first be allowed to dry before any further work can be
When the piece is finally finished, it is hung up for a few days to allow it to dry more completely.