|Stage 1: Painting in the shape of the swan, freehand, with a thin wash of Burnt Sienna.|
|Stage 2: Painting in the first layer (under painting) of the water.|
|Stage 3: With a brush and palette knife I applied paint over the wet under painting.|
|Stage 3: For the neck, I once again painted in the under painting with broad, flat strokes - paying attention to the colors and values.|
|Stage 4: Once I had the shape of the head in place, it was fun to add texture and more color with thick strokes of paint - transitioning from light to shadow.|
|Stage 5: I painted the body and its reflection with the same approach as I did with the neck - with a flat under painting and then lots of creamy thick paint on top.|
Now I will let this painting rest and come back to it later with fresh eyes and make changes if I need to.