The technique used for this oil painting is called "underpainting and glazing." The forms in the painting are developed in shades of gray mixed with a medium (thinner). Color straight from the tube is mixed with medium and applied in multiple thin layers over the underpainting. In this painting there were upwards of twelve layers or more. Three different reds were used, each building to the final color.
During this long process corrections were made in line and color, but the tedium sometimes shortened working time. The long awaited day finally arrived when all that could be said was, "It's finished!"
My aim in the composition and color was to show the beauty and character of its classic form, maybe not in the usual way, but it's been fun!