Once the center of interest is established, I know how much or little to develop in the rest of the composition. Most of this step involves creating more depth and movement in the water in the background. That area is mostly negative space so I don’t want to give it too much contrast so that it becomes positive space. I applied very light washes of Manganese Blue in the top and then some warmer Cobalt Blue and finally some Ultramarine Blue as I came forward in the painting.
I painted over some of the white spaces and left others depending on the movement that I wanted.
There was a little too much cool color and not enough warm color, so I put a warmer wash on the light side of some rocks to balance the temperature.