Photo of still life oil painting first color layer by Rita Romero.Here is the first color pass. This is to establish the basic color notes, shapes and values of the satin. painting satin is trickier than you might think. It is very reflective and has light properties that you have to capture or it will look flat. The lightest lights (highlights) and darkest darks will be left until the end. I decided to change the front fabric a bit so it hangs better. This step took a little over two hours. Now this layer needs to dry while I work on the the other elements in the painting. How long will it take to finish this painting? Your guess is as good as mine. With only working on it a couple of hours at a time (not counting paint mixing and clean up) it may may be another week or so.