Had lots of fun with this today. Photoshopped the plein air piece from yesterday darkening all the midtones which looked quite dramatic so I painted the study on the left, not copying the screen but just with the idea of darkening the mid values and leaving the lights. Compressing the mid values allows you more vibrant colours because as you add white colours naturally lose saturation and also cool slightly. So then I went the other way and lightened all the midtones leaving only a few dark darks and then slightly warming the whole painting which was the trickiest part - like transposing a piece of music on the fly. Interesting having the two studies in the one canvas. Much happier with the midtones in the clouds in the second one and although I did push them a little pinker I don't think it hurts it too much. I find it easier to think of my clouds as very boxy constructions with clearly defined planes and then just soften off areas that don't want attention. That way I can just say okay this is the colour for the lights, this is the colour for the halftones and this is the shadow side. Too confusing otherwise. Once that's done I make a few additional hue variations for the sake of interest and light effects and try to leave it alone after that. What do you think of this as a whole piece? Interesting to get your feedback.
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