10. Little bits of light green to into the lower part of the main trees as sunlight hits them. Some violets also go into the lower area also. Why? Not sure. My mind just said to put violets there, so I did.
11. Now that the darks have been established in the lower area of the trees, now the grasses can be pulled up in the dark (Polychromos). Some lighter values of lavenders get put into the grasses also. This is my favorite part. I love the contrast between the wheat color and the dark purples and violets.
12. Oooo, scared myself! When I picked up that light blue, it looked fine in my hand, but then I put it in the sky and it looked white! Isn’t that what Richard McKinley means by Simultaneous Contrast? Anyway, it can be fixed later.
I also at this point put some highlights on the background grasses. Note: The land is made up of horizontal bands. As the land recedes, these bands get thinner and thinner and closer together, eventually disappearing.
The back line of trees gets just a bit of darkness in the bottoms of the trees and some lighter blues… all randomly put in.
13. With that back wheat color, I’m putting more air holes in the lower trees, so you can see the field through the trees.
14. Much better! The sky looks much better now that there is another color of blue put over it. Remember, to create interest and a little bit of depth in a sky, use a slightly darker value at the top of the sky. Because that right light color was there already, I just lightly pulled down with horizontal strokes a slightly darker value of blue. The two mixed together and created some interest.
If I’m teaching a workshop, my demonstration starts out with the sky. I use 3 different values of blues, the darkest at the top. It actually looks like 3 stripes in the sky. Then I take out the alcohol and a nice, soft square synthetic paint brush and start crosshatching the top stripe down into the second stripe and so on down to the lightest value. By the time I’m done, there are no more stripes, only a nice gradation in color from top to bottom.
Lots more greens go into the trees, bluer greens in the left, warmer greens in the right.
More sky holes (always reestablishing the ones that seem to disappear).
I also added some leaves and twigs in the lower parts of the trees.
15. More greens…
16. Let’s add some peachy pink into the foreground grasses for interest. Why? I just thought the whole foreground needed a bit of color. I also put some light gray-greens into the background field to cool it down a little.
17. Since I lost most of the sunlight on that foreground field, I’m putting some really light wheat color back in to say “sunshine.”
18. How about a little bright yellow green in the foreground too…