I was blown away yesterday when we happened on this valley on the way to Poppi. How to decide which view to paint? My kind of problem! See what you think . . .
Painting in the Chianti Region of Tuscany, Pelagio is north of Florence.
I couldn’t get it all on one video, so I shot the second one from the other side of a restaurant which is tucked into this vineyard.
I blocked in the green fields first, rather than the darks. I wanted to position the triangular shape of the fields in the lower center of the frame.
I used a light transparent cool yellow green (Lemon with a bit of Cerulian Blue). This is the opposite of what one might normally do in blocking in the dark shapes in an oil painting. Like watercolor, this preserved my lights. It also made it easy to get my composition established quickly and accurately.
On site, I felt as though my darks were not dark enough. When I returned home however, not so. Instead I adjusted the lights. On location I had painted all the warm tones, light and dark. In the studio I added the cool lights
You can see in the photo of the painting on the easel in the field, all the greens are warm toned. In the final painting, you can see how the cool greens bring highlights onto the foreground fields and tree tops.
In addition I cooled the foreground shadows by over painting them with Ultramarine Blue, mixed with white to control the value. This created the depth I wanted in the painting, and also added intensity to the colors.
Returning two years later, I painted the same scene from another vantage point.