Started curving out trees on the small island. I'm testing how bright the background sky should be in comparison with the darker values of trees. Depending on that, I might, or might not, put clouds in the sky to create value changes. All of this is not final yet though. They're also dependent of values of the foreground.
I've been working on shapes on the small island on the beach. This reminds me West End, which I struggled with the shapes&colors of bluffs. I made the side of shadowed area too light. I need to knock them down. Then I'll move on to the foreground, submerged area. But at this moment I won't worry much about the colors. Just shapes in detail.
Well, I'm not sure. I keep touching feather tones but I still couldn't see or feel the final image. For landscapes, by the time I get to this point I regularly could see the final picture. With this one, I still couldn't see it. One thing I'm kind of know now is I have to make paint thicker. And probably wet on wet.
Tonight I covered more surface over exposed under painting. At the same time adjusting the shapes of lighter value parts, I tested contrast between light and shadow, which made this a little more vibrant. It's probably about the time to change brashes from the 1"&1.5" ones to regular bristles to define relations between smaller shapes and putting more strokes on.
I had to start either light value or dark value on the body of the geese. I decided to start dark value. It means that I need to curve the shapes of feathers with very light value. At this moment the white part of cheek and body is still to dark. Also I want to start putting ripple shapes on the water too.