In the next image I've developed a sky scape and background. My tree is almost fully realized and I've installed an old roadway to aid my idea. I apologize for the blurry photos. I am in the thick of it when I do remember to pick up the camera for a quick shot before I dive back in.
Giants Head and the surrounding farmlands are holding up pretty well here. I want those vertical forms to read as one large shape in a common value. Even where the sun washes over the horizontal land I cheat a bit and keep my colour saturation high. That helps to unify things. When you cut your painting up into little unconnected light and dark values it loses its design strength. Remember, I am attempting to compose. I am not replicating the scene. This scene exists nowhere but it FEELS like a typical Okanagan location.
The pine tree has been lifted out of the earlier plein air painting. Now I've made it with back lighting so I will use my outdoor experience to model it correctly. I've bent the main trunk and moved some elements around to give it more interest. As the branches reach up into the sky they lose some value and some colour intensity. Likewise the exposed branches.
I will try to conclude this painting on the next post.
My little chicken flew the coop on the long weekend, off to live in Vancouver.