This is a study that, I must admit, came from somewhere in my imagination. It was done purely as a way to learn more about the transparency process. I learn from every one of these paintings. And to make sure I retain what I learn, I take detailed notes. Hopefully, I'll be able to create larger paintings soon. But for right now, there's more to figure out.
I start by building the bones of the painting with dark transparent colors, then allow them to dry. The trick is to not do this too dark, because successive colors will darken the initial colors. For the sky I used transparent sienna mixed with white. After drying, I glazed over it with sienna. In the background field, transparent colors were used, but when they dried completely, I also glazed over with a bit of white and transparent sienna to cause recession of space.
There are times when I feel I'm wasting my time with the pursuit of going off in a whole different direction. I feel like going back to what was a comfortable painting process for me. But other times, I know I'm on the right track. Being an artist means having difficult, frustrating times too.