The backdrop in the just north of the curve in my Randolph scene dates back to last year when the Williams Creek bridge was here. So before I added the background trees and ground cover I needed to make it look less like a river valley and more like pastureland and forests with distant mountains and hills.
The photo shows my efforts - I'm very rusty at backdrop painting, but the good news is if it doesn't work out a "reset" is a coat of sky blue paint away….
I need to add some foreground textures and foliage to the "trunks" on the left, tone down the "shadow" on some of the trunks, get a little more definition to the other trees, and get rid of the "ghost" effect of the distant ridge showing through the trees to the left. But first I need to let this dry.
One lesson I've learned from painting backdrops is that you can add just a little too much paint. When you do things start looking awful muddy.