Thursday then represented a whole new challenge. Let's let the pictures tell the story. This was my view Tuesday:
and now here's what welcomed me Thursday. It's the same place, trust me.
You see where this could cause some problems. I had to go back and lighten the entire painting, which was all the stuff I couldn't see, so it ended up getting overworked. The cliff just doesn't look the way I wanted it, so I'm going to have to go back and fix that up, and perhaps lighten the sky a little more (I keep saying that I'm going to fix these things, and haven't yet. Bad me.).
After getting immensely frustrated with the fog blocking my cliff all day (I'd catch glimpses every once in a while, which made it even more frustrating), I decided to bite the bullet and finish the painting by tackling the foreground. Perhaps it was because I could see this part, or perhaps because I hadn't put any paint down in that area yet, but it flowed so quickly and smoothly, I was flummoxed that the rest had been so ornery. Perhaps the gorgeous turquoise underpainting wasn't the best choice for a foggy scene either. But I'm happy with my foreground, and happy that I lightened up the background. Now if I can fix that cliff, this might be my favorite painting yet.
I've come to the conclusion that fog is like rain - a lot more fun to experience if you're inside a warm house with a hot drink in your hand. Or at least not standing on the top of a cliff for 6 hours trying to paint in gloves (which does not work!) while your hands thaw, and trying to desperately remember what your view looked like two days earlier! Perhaps next time I'll just paint the fog in the trees, as it is quite lovely. As always, comments are welcome!