May Heat Wave

Remember when it was 80 degrees for several days in May? 
I was out photographing the sunlit mountains and trees. 

I began this painting with a loose watercolor underpainting.  I used values that were darker than the finished painting would be and chroma that was duller and darker too; sadly, those first images of this painting in progress were lost in the ether - maybe the camera hiccoughed.  You can just see the watercolor area of the grass in the foreground.

The first pass of pastels was dark with connected, simplified shapes.

The last layers of pastel were warmer, brighter and more detailed.  I could almost feel the heat of the day! 
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