Overpainting can be like a veil of mist

Saturday, March 14th, 2009

What does this photo have to do with painting in layers? mist-over-tree

The photo shows misty water vapor passing in front of some trees. The mist, which is like a thin layer of white applied as a layer on a painting, does three things:

  1. it makes the trees lighter
  2. it makes the colors cooler
  3. it reduces the contrast