This is were that colour study helps a lot. This gives me an idea of how much of what colour I’ll need where.
My usual setup is a couple of palettes, brushes, palette knives, razor blades, hair dryer, and two water cans (always gotta have clean water).
Now it’s a matter adding colour to each section. I know it sounds easy but it’s not…trust me!
For each section of the painting such as the sky, water, foreground, etc., I’ll have a separate palette. For example, on the palette at the top of this picture I’ve mixed up a blue for the sky . Along with that, I’ve added some Cobalt blue, red and white to give me all the variation I need to modulate the sky from light to dark. On the second palette I’ve mixed a warm and cool grey that will be the base of the cloud structure.
I use the same technique as with the under painting, just with colour now. I’m continuously tweaking and refining the elements of the painting.
Another palette, this one is for the foreground. Because acrylic paint dries so fast, a little trick I’ve learned is to cover my palettes with cling wrap. The paint will remain wet for days, even weeks.
Now comes the time to add colour.
Each picture in this gallery has a caption to explain what going on. Although the painting is coming along this part of the process seems to drag on. Days will go by and it seems that your making no progress – it can get a bit depressing. I call it the mid paining doldrums; you just have to suck it up and work through it.