I paint using a handful of favorite, well-honed techniques, namely hatching, blending, scumbling, and glazing.
On the whole, however, it’s laying down the many small brush strokes (hatching) that consumes most of my painting time.
When you look at my paintings from any reasonable distance (or as web images), the eye naturally blends all those tiny strokes together. This gives you the experience of viewing smoothly modulated colors and forms.
If on the other hand you chose to stick your nose right up close to a full size painting, the tracery of brush stokes would become apparent.
You can easily check it out for yourself. Simply hover over the images below and the automatic magnifying glass will reveal the brushwork in detail.
Use your mouse wheel to increase or decrease the size of the magnifying glass.