“Sky Mesas”, Creating a work in progress

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Beginning of a painting

I started this painting one afternoon a work in progress.  My thinking process was a sunset and mesas.

I had a group of ladies coming by the studio a few days later and I decided to entertain them with a demonstration. I felt it was a good time to continue working on the above painting.

So this is what came next, Phase 2.

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Phase 2 but still not complete

I added more definition to the mesas and began to add vegetation to the foreground.  It was beginning to take shape.

The following day I put it back on the easel.  Not quite what I wanted yet. So started to rework it.

Phase three, developed more detail.

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Phase 3  with more definition

I started to lay in the sunset and define the mesas more.  Now I have the under-painting done but there is a lot more before I feel that it is completed.

I put it aside for a few days.

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Phase 4 now it is starting to take shape

I now started softening the colors adding in more foreground and cacti.  I added pops of orange to the bottom of the painting to balance it.  I thought it is almost done but I needed to sleep on it another day.

The next morning I felt that the mesas where to dark they needed a more dusky feel so I added sage and hints of orange.  The sky was not dramatic enough so i worked it some more by adding softer color.

Now it feels soft and warm yet full of my Postitive-Energy.  Just like my vision.

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“Sky Mesas”  16″T X  20″W  Acrylic on Gallery Wrap Canvas

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