My artist group “The Tobin Island Artists” spent an entire week plus in the Bahamas painting together. This is the second year that Robert Bateman has joined us. He showed us how he starts a painting beginning with the “thought” or “idea”. He feels it’s the most important thing, even more so than excellent painting skills. The underpainting is acrylic blocked in with a large brush paying attention to values & composition. After sealing the surface, he finishes in oils. Lost edges are key to making an image even more real. We really enjoyed our time together. I painted a sea scene which I’ll post on my website.