An example of the type of step study that will be featured in my new book, "Mondays with Camille" and Everything Else you Didn't Learn in Art School about Color," due out November 2013.
When I look at the sky/ground relationship, the sky appears to be lighter and warmer than anything on the ground. The light planes on a gray day are cool so the shadows notes appear to be warmer when you compare them to the light planes. The scene is backlit so the house is in shadow set against a bright sky.
Finished Painting: "Turning Basin," 9 x 12 inches, oil on canvas
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