Here are some process shots. Because I wanted to take my time with this painting, I sketched the design on my panel with a water soluble pencil instead of using thinned oil paint.
This was painted from a photo I took on my recent trip to Cuyahoga National Park. When I take snapshots, I really don't plan the composition too much, as I usually crop the photos later for multiple designs. But this snapshot was a nice composition and I only cropped it to the ratio of a 11x14 panel. This is the largest I ever paint in oils, and generally no larger than 8x10.
I enjoy experimenting with different color palettes. The palette I used today, to me, makes some very nice colors. I used Rembrandt's Cold Grey, Gamblin's Indian Yellow and Perylene Red - both transparent colors, and Indanthrone Blue a semi-transparent I also used three new Gamblin products - new Cool White and Warm White, and Solvent Free Gel medium. I am liking the feel of the Solvent Free Gel medium with my paints. It gives just enough body to the paint without making it too slippery.