My studio captures northern light. This is essential, as the absence of direct sunlight guarantees that the room is always softly and diffusely lit. A further advantage is the shadows are unchanging.
The primed panel is covered with a thin layer of a fine gray colour, to break the white of the primer or gesso. This enables me to assess the tones and hues more accurately.
Now, the objects are worked out in fine detail, but because of the viscosity of the stand oil, I only apply the finishing touches after a brief period of drying.