|calm morning, blue sky|
There was not a lot of shadowed areas in this painting, I sketched the shapes and then tried to get the few shadows placed accurately. Then some extra light sky value.
|drawing with burnt Siena|
Next it was a matter of dealing with the greens, the grasses where bright and yellowish up front and I had to gray down the distant grass to make things work. The interesting part was the dark greens in the upright forms of the trees and bushes. I usually mix my own greens but I also modify oxide of chromium green with orange and red to get the darker values. These rich greens are usually placed over a thinner layer of near black that I make for shadowed green areas with alizarin crimson and french ultramarine blue.
|the wide view|
|Adding thicker paint -the shadow is now gone from the road and it is getting too hot|
I did a bit of finishing back on the front porch and in the end I didn't have to go back to the site for a second day. Working at home the sky was completed and the foreground tree was developed. The tree's edges were kept soft against the sky. Below is the finished piece:
|Strada Tra I Campi, Toscana o/c 30x40cm - available at the Stage Door Gallery|