Rainy southern California makes for beautiful atmospheric vistas. Painted from inside my car, this painting is all about soft feeling that is rain and fog and the altering of value and chroma to make both the atmosphere and distance. Once again the actual scene was much closer in value and chroma. Carving exciting negatives spaces and varying the handling of those spaces (smudged, scratched and calligraphy) all help add space and interest. Here is the watercolor underpainting.
The set-up is always in the watercolor. It works like a grisaille for me as the value decisions are made. Special note: tonight is the lunar eclipse, which coincides with the Winter Solstice. Read about it here.