I decided to make this painting about the sky and so I cropped out a large section of the foreground water and took some other liberties with the design. As I learned last year in my acrylic painting course, I started with a black canvas instead of white. I really liked the result doing it that way. Every time I start painting it seems I have to learn all over again. The paint just doesn't go on smoothly and the first brush strokes are not at all beautiful. I always have to tell myself that it will come as I layer paint on.
Blocking in the sky.
Starting to blend the sky.
As I type out this blog, I am noticing that those clouds have to be much darker to move them in front of the light blue sky behind and above them and the yellow above the tree line needs to be more subdued. Having said that, I will make some artistic decisions that will enhance the painting. I do not want to copy the photo totally.