In image 1, it was important to translate an impending wintry cast of afternoon light by using tints of cool hues to show far off distance. In image 2, the depiction of morning light required combining soft mixing white with a cadmium yellow hue to evoke radiant warmth. In image 1, I applied a tissue and Q-tip rather than a brush to soften the edges in the clouds and to create streaks of light. As I used these techniques, I was mindful on how the direction of light may travel over water or grassy area.
Next, the movement and the behavior of water or grassy dune had its own structure. In image 1, I used cross hatching that gave way to unexpected hidden images over the underpainting. In image 2, I focused on the variation within a cascading water scene. This meant a thicker paint application for faster water and a thinner consistency for dissipating water. In both compositions, I was keenly aware of keeping the flow and momentum alive.
Overall, these two selections represent the concept of nature’s transitional elements – and how they interplay.