Still using my Arches Carnet de Voyage travel watercolor pad ( 6 x 10) and using something in the Gordon MacKenzie book as a starting place, I then close the book and continue to work on what I think it should look like, not thinking, just feeling my way around the greens, the browns, the trees, etc...
I began by spritzing water on the paper, then with a palette knife, I touched in masking fluid. When that dried, I began putting in light yellows and greens.
This is from my imagination - what trees look like, thinking about light and shadow.
The masking fluid was removed after I got a nice coverage of the pales and mid-tone yellows and greens. I I put in the tree trunks and branches with a touch of Lunar Earth and Burnt Umber here and there (trying not to be heavy-handed) with a very small round brush, adding a little reddish brown to spice up all that green.
Then I let the painting sit a while (walking away from something and letting it be for a while helps me see better and lets me keep from getting into a groove of just adding paint, dabbing off paint, adding paint, ad nauseum).
And what did it need? Some darks here and there and bit more pop in the red/browns, I think....
Could it be? Could it be that I have landscapes in my mind that can come out like this?
I am very pleased with this one and it's completely from my mind (no photo reference, no painting in front of me to copy and study!
Very interesting for me to be able to do this as I've always said I couldn't do a painting from just a picture in my mind - and, honestly, I didn't. There was no picture in my mind when I started this - just marks on paper that became colors and then shadows and light.