I pushed my way through the field filled with grasses and thorn bushes to get to the other side of Big Daddy. I wanted to look directly west and have the light come through the branches.
In both the watercolor underpainting and the pastel I worked with a pre-determined palette- orange/pink, green and violet, pretty much a triad of secondaries with the exception of pink to represent the cooler side of orange. I wanted to show the effect of sunset through leaves. The temperature changes are very important here.
The red fox joined me half way through the painting session: I thought of it as a lucky moment.