The challenge to this scene is the many subtle variations in the greens of the trees and the colors in the sky and water. The development of pools of color on the pallet greatly facilitated achieving these variations. Below is pictured my pallet for painting the greens.
Another very valuable source of colors came from pool in the lower right hand corner. This is various mixtures of quinacridone magenta and phthalo green (blue shade), tinted with yellows or white. This pool can give you blacks and the various blue greens of the pine trees. as well as some very pleasant subdued warmer yellow greens.
I had another pallet for the water and cloud colors which I will describe in an update to this post.
Another aspect of this painting is that it is painted on a 1.5 inch deep cradled panel. The sides of the panel were sealed with Golden GAC 100 acrylic and then gessoed and sanded. This yields a nice two dimensional painting surface. I have therefore continued the painting around the edges. The painting can then be viewed from all angles and can be hung without a frame, giving a contemporary feel. I am now doing this with a number of my new painting. I will add photos of this edge effect in a future update to this post.
Another new technique I am using is to seal my paintings with Golden Acrylic Glass Fluid which gives a beautiful uniform finish and serves to deepen and enrich the colors. This is then followed by varnishing, which I have yet to try. My objective is to make the paintings into objects that resemble a block of polished granite.
I am just in the process of doing this with a number of my recent paintings. I will update my Blog with pictures as I progress. I better get back to work now!!!