I was irritated enough by the scrappy surface of the canvas in the sky that I scraped it all to knock off the protuding bits, then repainted with a light blue grey.

I added some cadmium red to the hermit’s hat, and scattered some dashes of it around the stones and into the mountains to give some unity to the painting. In natural light there is a lot of reflected colour that is almost unnoticable, but if you don’t make sure that there are a few hints of each colour elsewhere in the painting your eye will notice that something’s not quite right, so I always add a little of each colour into the general landscape even if the object is a minimal part of the piece.

I mixed a touch of cobalt blue with the flake white and added some of the slightly blue lead white into the stones which are really coming to life now. Using the same white on the circle has given me a bit more dimension as the warm and cool whites play against each other. Finally the megaliths got another cleanup to define the colour.

Bombers xvii

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