|'You Don't Say?' 20"x26" Oil on canvas|
This is the chief stage in the programme of painting, the bit where the heavy lifting is done. After this it is largely a case of tinkering, checking for mistakes, and lashings of glazes.
Although it looks as if the foreground has not been altered, it has had quite a lot done to it, although nothing very drastic. Most time and effort at this stage has been spent on the background, and it will likely not be detailed any further (although it might yet be simplified).
The next stage will be mostly one of "marrying up" the different parts and making the painting a "unified whole".