I am sorry not to have posted more or to visit any blogs for what seems like an age. I have had a nasty virus that knocked me sideways as well as a lot of demands on my time.
It is very frustrating when things conspire against me to keep me away from the paintings and makes it very difficult to get back into a painting.
The two was working on from old sketches are still being worked on in my usual layer by layer approach which suits the small blocks of time that I usually have available. But yesterday I had a whole day free to paint and decided to retry one of them on a larger scale and in a looser way, with lots of paint and large brushes.
It is oil on board and is 16 x 16". I was aiming to finish it in one session, but I had so much paint on it and it got so wet that I have to leave it to dry enough for additionall touches, particularly in the sky area. Even today it is too wet!