Step 2: Developing shapes and color tone

Use the same colors used in step 1 and paint the creek bottom. Create a bottom texture by applying colors loosely and darker at the top and lighter at the bottom. This establishes a wonderful play of light in the scene.

Wipe away some of the paint on the lighter rocks, letting the white base show through.

Begin developing the rock forms using combinations of white, raw umber, yellow ochre and ultramarine blue.

When satisfied with the shapes and values, put the painting aside to dry. When dry, you are ready for step 3.

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