- Add two colours to a wet area and let them blend. Watch how some colours sit on the peaks of the paper while others fall into the troughs.
- Drag a lightly loaded, flat attitude, brush across the paper. Watch how the untouched paper comes through as white highlights.
- Flick up blades of grass out of a wet blob using the wrong end of the brush.
- Wait for layers to dry before adding distinct layers like the shadows under the roof.
The heavy black tree in the foreground was an immediate afterthought. I thought I had finished when I had this:
It was the white gap on the right of the tree that said, “You haven’t painted this bit”. Only afterwards I realised that the new heavy dark edge would bring the tree up close and add the missing drama and depth in the whole scene.