I had a good day today. First I got several drawings done ready for watercolour painting. After this I did the first draft of an oil painting. It is the blocking out stage. The picture is in moonlight with lots of snow a bridge and a dark icy river in the foreground. In the background there are lots of trees, snow laden and peeping out from behind are a few buildings. They are not there yet and a very small but will provide a tiny glimpse of light against this blue/black and white canvas. I work at this stage with palette knives and try to create a layer of texture and shapes on which to build. The next layer will be with a mixture of large brushes and finer palette knives. After this I will use finer brushes and define shadows, trees and contours of rocks and river.