I learned long ago about the principle of black and white images - if it's an effective image in grayscale, then it will likely be successful in colour. This is a snapshot of a portion of the Cameron Falls painting converted to grayscale as this is a super way to check the values. The concept of values is so important and it's one of those things that took me a long while to wrap my head around. Once it starts making sense, look out! You are checking values at every juncture along the way...it definitely is the key to keeping interest in your painting!
My Cameron Falls is getting closer to being finished. Yesterday it was about getting my feet wet painting the water...today it was mostly about landing the feeling of sunshine on the rocks. Tomorrow will be the overall "once over" to make adjustments in values, edges and enhancing highlights and low lights.