Here are the progress photos:
I started today by adding some definition in the bottom part of the painting, before diving into painting the sky.
This close-up shows how I’m defining the branches and leafy sections of the trees by painting in the negative sky space around them. I love this part!
Painting in the negative space around the branches this way lets me make some of the them really really skinny and delicate looking, adding more texture and variety. Just the way trees are in real life.
Now I’ve started adding in the sunrise colors in the bottom section of the sky.
And here I’ve added a yellow glaze to the sunrise parts of the sky, giving them that morning glow.
And here’s where I stopped today ...
... to be continued!