I arranged the figures in what seemed to me to be the most satisfying way, although I appreciate that it's not clear exactly what it is that the chap is painting. The picture itself is simply a bit of Gale Force 9 plasticard. I did think about trying to paint the scene into it, but discarded that idea after about 5 seconds. Rather than leave the "canvas" completely blank, I painted a "red ground" on it. Apparently red grounds are often used by landscape painters to prepare their canvases; I read that Constable favoured a sort of mid-brown colour and I tried to replicate that here. Making the scene look as if the artist is just about to start also meant I could put paints in the palette without smearing them around. I haven't glued the painting to the easel - so I could in theory have a go at painting something in the future.
4 figures, a water-trough and an easel. Painted July 2011-April 2013.