I use my 2 inch paint brush for this piece and I paint quickly with spontaneity of shape - form and color. In this type of a "painterly painting" I have no pre - conceived notion of plan as to the scene. I basically let my brush and my emotions for the Southwest lead the way. I get a general concept in my head and I do not stop to readjust or reconsider my direction - I put paint on the brush - the brush leads and I follow.
I throw in a sky and some indications of the beautiful mountains seen from the Pueblo land
Next I throw in some BG indication of "ground clutter" using my 2" brush in an upward motion, loaded with paint
Next I start blocking in color and some ups & downs in the terrain - again the brush moves and I follow - I also bring in some complimentary color
Some refinements here and there and some minor color adjustments
Cochiti Pueblo Land - NM
12 x 18
I have a small container of green paint that I keep adding color to and use for my greens - it starts out with black and yellow mixed and I add to it as needed. This batch I've had for about 4 months. I keep it covered and in a zip-lock baggie and it stays fresh and usable for about 6 months.
I use a piece of tin foil for my palette as I blend color directly on the painting surface not on a palette. In this way the viewer gets to see a multitude of color rather than a mixing of colors into a single mixed color which most often ends up being dull mud!!!