Although the opening stages in this painting are similar to previous paintings, the final stages of the sky changed the way the painting was to end. I introduced Chrome Green Light into the lower stretches just above the horizon. This colour was then added to other areas and partially blended in. As a green its not particularly strong, not like Chrome Green Deep or Viridian, and its tone is light. But its so distinctive it can easily dominate a painting if it is overused, so I try and moderate it by either blending with colour already laid down or mix with Yellow Ochre or Burnt Sienna. In a way it did dominate this painting to a certain degree. The situation way rescued by having small strokes of the almost pure colour appear close to the broad stretches of the same weak version of the colour. For example, the sky looked positively green until the distant sunlit fields were added in the same colour. This was the only bit of the operation which was planned – in a general sort of way. Colour perception is relative and its difficult to predict the final outcome, so vigilance is needed to keep within the limits of what ‘seems’ normal or natural.
Here’s the video.