After spending an hour or more working on this; the commission piece that is taking its good old time reaching any sort of resolution, I switched over to a fast painting over an old painting.
(a side note about the commission: the buyer saw one of my smaller paintings (8 x 10) that is soft and moody. She wants a larger work, about 42 x 36--soft and moody. At this point, I'm beginning to get the softness, but its been a challenge to take what is so easy to capture in a small piece and bring it to a large format. There are some compositional kinks I'm working on, and I'm struggling with the trees in front.)
Today was a Gray Day. Rain, rain and more rain.
The fast painting over the old painting is below. I plan to work some lighter grays into the sky.
I like to paint Gray Days. I find it a good challenge to capture just the right colors for gray sky.
(my camera hasn't captured the colors with accuracy)
We were driving to a Christmas dinner at dusk. The white barns in sillouhette against the white sky were striking. After painting for several hours today, my seeing eyes were charged up. I wanted to turn the car around and go home to paint the white on white.