This is a painting I am currently working on, a cafe in Annecy. The red chairs and awning will make a bold impression when they are done. I love the repeating shapes of the chairs in the strong red, they create such rhythm and movement. Notice the angularity of the brush strokes, one of the things I find key in making figures and other objects work without too much detail is to use the brush strokes to block in shapes without consciously “drawing” figures or chairs. The result is a more natural, confident painting, rather than one that looks fussed over, or like it was difficult to do. To me, a subject like this begs for spontaneity and energy, not fussy detail. It’s important to pay attention to the big issues in a piece like this, perspective, proportion and form/value need to be correct in the under painting. After that, it’s easy to add color with confidence in the manner described above.