Across the Valley

This lesson is for intermediate and advanced painters. This lesson was full of some new challenges! I hope you’ll take them on and use them to push yourself a bit. The composition of the lesson piece is a bit more complex than some of the previous lessons. There is a danger of getting too many unrelated bit and pieces rather than a pleasing whole, so group together shapes of similar value. There are lots of layers to create the illusion of depth and atmosphere and there is a strong complementary palette that could be jarring if it is not orchestrated well. Make sure to watch my video, “The Influences of Aerial Perspective” at

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