|Mini color study, “Just Passing Through”, 3×4 oil on paper|
I was driving home one evening and noticed strong low-sun light making these trees and grasses glow with warm colors. And the effect was heightened by some clouds that were passing through, but didn’t drop any rain on us. I love the contrast between the warm light and cool clouds.
Before mixing up my colors, I blocked in the trees and grasses with a combination of transparent earth red and alizarin permanent, following my value thumbnail. I like how this warm underpainting color helped harmonize everything.
|Photo reference taken by some roadside grasses and trees with evening light and a hint of dark clouds|
|Value thumbnail of simple shapes|
|Black and white value check of my color study|