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I then take my medium grey mungyo and reinforce the darks of the clouds. Very light circular motion and blend with fingers. Second pic shows what that looks like. I'm not close to done with the sky at this point. Wasn't satisfied with it yet.
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Time for some 2" brush action. I take that (make sure it's clean first), and apply in back and forth horizontal motion. Very light pressure. I'm not really pressing down on the surface. I go back and forth over the entire sky for a few minutes. You will see it change before your eyes. It's very subtle, but the values will change and the sky will push back some.

I paint standing up and work about 12-24 inches from surface. I continually step back about 5-6 feet to see the painting as whole. I also will blur my vision or squint my eyes to see how it reads. Very important for me (impressionist) to make sure it's all working from about 5-6 feet back. So it's kinda like a dance. I work for a few minutes, then step back and evaluate, then work again, then step back...I do this over and over and over.
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Alright...so far so good. Time to get those sun rays in. I take my mungyo silver grey, hold it broadside of the stick against the surface and carefully, using light pressure make straight lines. Very careful.

I imagine the sun is off and above the painting and then do my best to make straight lines as it spans across the scene.
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I blend in the sun rays with my fingers and makes sure that the texture is smooth. I also flip the stick in more horizontal fashion and pull down with light pressure, but not all the way to the mountains. Then blend again with fingers....
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As I was working in the sun-rays, I was also affecting the values of mountains underneath and in distance. I use my medium grey and touch up the tops of the distant mountains, and then blend down. I do the same with the Mungyo Olive green for the middle hills.
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More work in the sky. I reinforce highlighted clouds with the senn white and also remove one of the sun rays so I can see the highest peek in distant mountains..

When I use the senn white, it's very light pressure followed by light blending downward using my fingers. I try to keep top of the clouds untouched to keep it bright as possible.
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This is an excellent tutorial. So many intricate steps! Heck, I find it very intrusive on my own developing "work flow" to stop and grab a WIP shot - I can only imagine how laborious this task is. So different from your fast & loose style of completing a painting in one sitting!

It is greatly appreciated. My week is getting away from me as far as time to get going on this (or anything!), but I am so glad to know this tutorial will just be here for us. Thanks again.

I'm glad to note you have referred to the Senns white as your lightest value - I have thought for some time that it's the brightest white of any set I have. The Mungyo white is not nearly as clean or opaque, and I've reached for the Senn to go over it more than once. Not my imagination!

I also like seeing some of these extra Mungyo colors that aren't included in my initial 48-color set. I love the Mungyo grays! But that silver gray is missing, and so is that tantalizing ice blue. Yum!

Where do you find your open stock Mungyos? All I've seen at Jerry's are 6-packs of the same color, and I'm hesitant to do that yet.
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Thanks Terri! I really appreciate the encouragement. There are tons of steps...and the way I work, the painting can make lots of changes. It's all about that feeling, that just can't be taught. I think a video where I can just flow through it would be most helpful...I'm working on that.

I get my open stock mungyos from jerry's artarama. Here is direct link -> http://www.jerrysartarama.com/drawin...ft-oil-pastels

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Ok. so enough with the sky for now...I'll return to it because it's not done yet. But what I need to do now is illustrate where in the scene those light rays hit. Also, it's good for me to move around the painting and not get stuck in one spot for too long..

Looking at the Ref pic, I know I need a warmer green. So I go through my set and find a Sennelier #46 and then test that on my practice sheet. There you can see how that green looks against the other two I've already used. I use very light pressure when applying the Senn and blend in. Last pic shows what that looks like. My goal here is to warm up the parts of the hill where the sun hits.
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Ok. so that's better, but I really want a warm light and it's just not there yet. So I need a warmer green. I find Senn #205 (very warm and light) and give that a try. I tested it first on my practice sheet.

I make sure I apply that very light and loose, providing breaks so that it indicates a sense of terrain..
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Hmm...still not quite right. I want warmer. I want that light to really sing to the viewer. I do not have another green that would work here. Looking through my set I find a mungyo #203 Orangish yellow. I love this color for sunsets and it's my goto for that. So I grab that (gut instinct) and my sapphire blue #220.

Why these colors? Because a warm value sitting next to a cool value makes your right brain hemisphere very happy. And it's all about that... I'll use that orange and pop that sunlight and use the blue for shadow.. That's what I do here and wow....instant love! Always need to keep in mind, where there is light, there is shadow. Don't be afraid to step "out of the box" and try values you would not think would work.

I also apply that same blue to the distant trees to bring the middle section together.. Definitely works here.

I use a diagonal stroke with the blue to match the same diagonal stroke of the orange. I know those hills have terrain.
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So I really like that middle section now, but it's not harmonious with the foreground. I need some of that warmth in the fields too. This will help tie these two parts together. The grassy fields are a little bit further away from the light so I don't want to use that same orangish yellow. Looking through my set I find my Ochre (like a dirty orange), still warm but not as much as the orangish yellow. I apply that with light pressure to the fields, but only the top half. So as the fields recede in the distance and get closer to the light they get warmer.

I also don't blend it. I want the fields to have textured look because they are closer to us. That broken color is perfect to make that work. As a result it looks like the sun is sparkling off the field.
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So now that I got the middle section and nearest fields to my liking...I need to also bring that same warmth to the sky. Pink is a great color for this., but not my brightest pink.

I find a Mungyo light purple violet (has a pink tint to it) and apply that over the greys in the clouds. Very light pressure in circular motion. Sorry, I don't know the exact number for this stick. Any light purple with a pinkish tint would work.

You can see in the last pic how I applied that and where it went.

I also dry brush the middle section again to help set it back some. Very subtle...Making sure my brush is clean before I use it here.
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So now that I got the middle section and nearest fields to my liking...I need to also bring that same warmth to the sky. Pink is a great color for this., but not my brightest pink.

I find a Mungyo light purple violet (has a pink tint to it) and apply that over the greys in the clouds. Very light pressure in circular motion. Sorry, I don't know the exact number for this stick. Any light purple with a pinkish tint would work.

You can see in the last pic how I applied that and where it went.

I also dry brush the middle section again to help set it back some. Very subtle...Making sure my brush is clean before I use it here.
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