This view had it all: fog, blue skies, transparencies and opacities, green grass, yellow grass, blue grass and a whole view of what it means to be subtle.

“Fog Training” was a real challenge, especially getting a smooth gradation of all its subtle colors to meld into one another. I labored over this piece for hours trying to get the mixtures on my palette somewhat in line with what I saw. You can only get it so close, and then you have to rely on your paint brush to guide you through the piece.

Subsequently the sky received many layers of oil paint to arrive at a convincing look to the clouds and how they allowed the buildings to pierce through the fog. I kept fairly close to my reference for this painting, but at some point I had to use my painting experience to heighten or reduce the various elements until it captured the feeling it gave me when I first saw it.