Sunny Bluebonnet Patch, 6 x 8, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2013
All to say... here are process notes for my students and for any other painting friends who might enjoy seeing how I "get there".
Blocking in - use a dark neutral mix of French Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Sienna. Look for "layers" in the landscape, and break down passages in the painting accordingly.
Massing in - begin to add large masses of color. Remember that the "layers" will change as they recede in the distance... (elements get cooler, lighter, softer, muted, smaller.)
Continue with massing - pay attention to light and shadow families. Correct/adjust values while bringing colors together and closing the composition.
Break up masses - add form and detail with subtle value and temperature shifts within the masses. Adjust composition and add final finessing of edges and highlights.
Final painting... Sunny Bluebonnet Patch