Putting more layers in the front ground. As always I'm quite slow covering large area with colors and putting texture. I regularly don't know how I would finish the area until almost at the end of the entire painting. With this one I'm hoping I could develop my way to deal with wide grass area. It could be similar to the field in "End of a winter day". Or maybe completely a new way.
Before working on more details of main shapes in the middle ground, I quickly worked on the values of sky and background mountains. So that I don't have to worry about them a while and I can keep my focus on the rest of it. I'm still moving the distinctive shaped tries around to anchor them. Looked like they were still higher on the canvas than they should be.
Since I finished Yakima River Valley, it's time to start a new painting in addition to Morning Shadow. It's time for another animal painting too. Last one was horses. It's a cow's turn. The original photo of these cubs were taken somewhere between Lake Stevens and Granite Falls, which I don't remember exactly. It was a hot summer day. I wanted to include summer haze in the background. So the composition is a little squarely. But that's ok, I think. 15"x19", odd size as well.
Now I'm in problem fixing mode. Looking through the entire canvas and identifying problems and fixing them one by one. I finally fixed the color of background forest, which was too green before. Then put some sky/ground holes in the trees. putting the final color adjustments with clear brushmarks would finish this painting.
Circling around on canvas and adjusting colors and values at each part. Trees are more finalized and shapes in foreground are getting clearer edges. Now I need to define shadowed areas against lighted areas for bushes.