The sky comes first, but before detail can be added to the painting, it is best to block in the painting, which means to put a base coat of paint on the rest of the picture. Thankfully, this canvas is small compared to my last two paintings and it wasn't too hard to cover most of it in the two hour period I put aside for painting each week.
It is a quick coat of paint, the colors do not have to be perfect because they will be painted over anyway, but it is fun to see a blank canvas start to come to life. Where once there was blank space, now there is Viridian Green mixed with French Ultramarine, Titanium White, Raw Umber, and Yellow Ochre. Water floods in matching color with the sky and land it is reflecting. All that is left is a fire pit and two adirondacks on the sand, facing out toward the water. Hopefully I can add more this week. It is so much fun to watch the scenery come to life!
~The Anonymous Bard 10/27/11