Step 1
Step 1

I put in my darkest "darks," which were the trees on the right and various dark shadows.

Step 2
Step 2

I then added the local color of the grass on each side of the road in the foreground.

Step 3
Step 3

Next, I added the local color and value of the trees on the left side of the road.

Step 4
Step 4

I added the distant grass, trees, and hills along with the final touches, such as the telephone poles and the house.

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This is a painting I did of a country road in Michigan. Click on the left thumbnail photo above to see the step-by-step description of how I painted this picture going from dark to light.