Today I finished the grasses and water in the foreground and foreground tree, widened the waterways in the middle-ground of the Rice fields so that they function more as lines of direction in the painting. At this point all of the colors and values are as I want them. You can clearly see the contribution of the red underground in the sky and the marsh. It is what makes the sky appear purplish in the upper left corner,and the underside of the cumulus-nimbus clouds warm ; it is also what adds the warm glow under the distant grasses in the middle ground of the rice-field. the clouds All of this was achieved by applying a thin glaze of color over the red ground rather than a thick layer which would cover it.
I am still deciding whether I want to pull out the small tree in the right lower corner more or leave it less defined. . That is where staring at it while it is sitting on the easel in my living room comes in. My husband calls this process "grocking". (Apparently that is a term used in some sci-fi book for which means "to deeply study an object so as to fully know its nature").. Sounds like a pretty good description of what I will do next to me.
See all three earlier posts in in this process beginning with the first on July 16th