Land ho!

grassinthevalleyThe leaves are all green now, although still far too pale. The texture of the leaves if working nicely, with the light grey of the earlier layer revealed in the dragged green of this new layer. Next a darker layer will pop the leaves out from the background and catch in the lower areas of the lighter grey, giving me a nice stripy quality.

I roughly painted a layer of the same green onto the landscape of the valley floor, lifting some of the green away with a rag to reveal the rusty browns of the underpainting. The landscape will gradually become paler as it recedes, giving a strong sense of depth to the piece.

I gave his staff a coat of Van Dyke Brown mixed with a bit of Earth green, fixed the standing stones ahead of the man, then used the left overs for darkening the area of ground behind him.

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Michael Pearce is an artist, writer, and professor of art. He is the author of "Art in the Age of Emergence."
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