30 Days of Value Thumbnails – Day 30

mini painting color study clouds and trees in the park May 28 2019
Mini color study, “Long Stretch”, 3×4 oil on paper

I liked how the fluffy clouds stretched all the way across this view, combined with the simple shapes of the tree masses and grassy areas. As I painted them into my color study, I realized they were shaped quite a bit like snow-capped mountains.

One of my goals with this scene was to experiment with color mixing to get richer, more intense lights on the grass in the foreground. Sometimes my mixes get cooler and duller than I aim for and I wanted to try pushing it a bit. My eyes definitely play tricks on me when it comes to reading color intensity and value.

I’d change a few things if I worked with this scene again. One would be to decide if it’s about the sky or about the land because currently it’s basically cut in half across the middle, which I don’t like. Another would be to create a greater value difference between the near trees and the distant trees, and take another look at the temperature of the near tree mass.

But overall there’s a lot I like about this mini study! It’s a scene I could definitely see playing around with it more and creating other variations.

Block-in using ultramarine blue, ultramarine violet, and transparent earth red on toned surface
Reference photo of a local park with early evening clouds
Value thumbnail of simple shapes
Black and white value check of my color study