It is a little hard to remember all the steps of this painting because I snapped pictures of the progress as I went along.
The picture on the left shows some initials carved into a tree. I am mentioning this because it is a little something that makes a big impact. Everyone can remember either doing this or being tempted to do it (at least that's what I think). This isn't something that I, personally, have ever done because I would have been in trouble for defacing property, but that doesn't mean I don't think it's cute or funny. Ha.
The bottom picture shows the couple, void of detail, but positioned front and center. I always start with the most prominent parts and work toward the detail. The pictures that have been posted are not what the final picture looks like. I'm tempted to just post the final picture but think that sort of defeats the purpose.
Even the picture I posted on FB isn't the final copy of the finished
product. If you look at this picture closely on the right,
you will notice that it doesn't suggest ENOUGH that it is dark outside. How do you do this without going too dark? When I was a young girl and had informal art lessons. I recall my teacher, Mrs. Stutenroth, telling me that once you lost your light, you can't go back. This is really true but sometimes there are some tricks that you can do that will help you regain what it lost. This is true in life, too. Mistakes have their consequences, but good choices go a long way to recover what is lost and help compensate.
The next picture shows some yellows that I added to suggest that it is dark outside. They are tiny and suggestive. Yellow is a funny color. It's happy but too much is garish. See if you can tell where I added yellow.
As many additional details as I have added that are not in the picture to my right, there was a lot of time spent and hours that have been skipped. But I wanted you to see how little touches make a big difference in terms of making something look like night-time. Enjoy! More later.