This is an unfinished 20" x 20" oil, work-in-progress, titled, 'Low Clouds Over Buffalo'. It's a view of Buffalo Mountain from Silverthorne, Colorado.
Step 1: The colors felt a little dreary so I sat the painting aside for the rest of the day and thought about it.
Step 2: I decided to really push the blues in the painting but struggled with the trees as they were competing with the mountain.
Step 3: I simplified the trees and got rid of many of the tree trunks. Tomorrow I will push the clouds by making them stronger and bluer - then will finish the foreground. I've used this brand of gessoed linen before (Centurion, pre-stretched) but I don't like the slick surface. However once I have an underpainting down, it is fun to work on.