A few days later, I showed this to the owner of the bed and breakfast where I was staying, and he said this was the salt mine over the hill from the village. He knew exactly where I was standing! This surprised me a little because I had thought I had made the painting very abstract.
This was the scene when I started
. . . and when I finished
Contrast of Temperature
If you want to paint emphasize something, then use something to contrast with it. In this painting, to emphasize the heat of the desert colors, I used an intense ultramarine blue sky. This is an example of the use of the principle of contrast of temperature.
To learn more about this critically important concept in painting, see this video:
For more information
For more information on some of the techniques I used in this painting see: