Step 1--composition, Step 2 values
I will be teaching a class this coming month, and thought it might be interesting to see if I follow my own recommendations. So I am photographing a work as I paint it. (It is hard to remember to take the photos, however, as I get absorbed in the painting.) This first shows that I tinted the substrate (linen board) with a light wash of red and orange. I then drafted the composition in slightly darker red, and established the values...the darkest darks (behind rocks in foreground) and the lightest values...the sky. I blocked in some mid tones, and tomorrow I will go for more detail in cliffs.