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We had a lot of fun painting the beautiful vista at Veritas vineyard on October 6. We were lucky to have a warm sunny day for plein air painting! In my pastel workshop I explained how to use a color underpainting in a landscape, picking our warm underpainting notes for each mass in a landscape. Here is my choice of initial colors. I lay down pastels on Pastel premier 400 white paper and diluted them with water. Pastel premiere does not like alcohol, so water is the best option. The size is 12x24 inches.  




Then I started adding various shades of green and blue, keeping in mind that cool greens should be in the distance while warm yellow-greens are placed closer to the viewer.




Then I added more blues and purples to the mountains and distant trees and repeated these colors in the shaded parts of the vines in the foreground. I added cooler greesn to the grass behind the houses and warm orange to the place around the houses to the right and yellow-greens to the sunlit parts of the vines.



Here is the final painting "Veritas vineyard in October", pastel on Pastel premiere, 12x24 inches.