For these, I like to convert my reference photo to a black/white image; that way, I'm free to choose whatever colors I wish.
I chose a photo I took out near Coronado National Monument, south of the Huachuca Mtns., back in March. I decided to try a square composition just for something different and so that I could alter sizes if I wanted.
Nice range of values, a foreground, middle ground and distal horizon. Some interesting stuff . I didn't do thumbnail sketches prior to beginning the first painting, which probably would have been a good idea. I altered the composition a bit as I went.
For this, I decided to stick with Unison pastels and went with an orange-yellow-purple palette, sort of a split compliment, and going strictly on values vs. colors. It's kinda fun, color-wise. If I can settle on a compositional arrangement I am happy with, I'll probably whip out a bunch of smaller studies in between other pieces.
Trees with grass and wash
9x9" 320-grit sandpaper