Last steps

So close now! I’ve added more foliage to the right side where the convergence of sky, land and foreground was creating a disturbing node too close to the edge of the painting – now the foliage is there it covers the intersection and directs the eye toward the acacia above, so the pleasant wave like composition is emphasized. Much better! Tomorrow I’ll put some greens onto the grey leaves and finish up for now.

I’ve added some purple into the distant mountains, dry-brushed on, then an additional layer of dry-brushed white to soften it and blend it to the background.

The poppies have had another layer of reds and dark brown to make them more solid, and the california orange poppies have had a touch of darker orange. I glazed the forget-me-nots with a blue. Now the mountains are bluer they are better balanced in the painting.

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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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