I start with a quick sketch on a tinted panel and then block in the darkest darks first.
Gradually the lighter values are added. Since this is a snow painting, there are darks and then the snow whites. Not a lot in between. I work over the entire panel at the same time, going from the background to the foreground and back again. I block in the scene based on the color and values over the entire surface.
In the end, I pull out any feature that is in the foreground to make sure it pops forward and the background recedes back. The finished painting:
|"Snowy Forest at Dusk", 6" x 8", oil on panel.|
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