I brought my sketch easel to the edge of Kiddieland at the county fair on Tuesday.
I used a limited palette of gouache—Prussian blue, carmine red, raw sienna, and white. The scene had a lot of blue in it, so I started with a step in the opposite direction: a warm underpainting in raw sienna.
What I didn't like about the scene was that the air seemed too crisp and clear. I actually like a bit of smog and haze when I'm painting. It adds so much more depth and mystery. So I added some atmosphere by lightening the sky, the far tree, and the tall blue tent.
In the video you can see that I restated them a couple of times. I also added a little white chalk at the end to add to the feeling of glare.