The question is to fog or not to fog on the mountain. Ever wondered what fog is?
The underpainting is done. Here is a refresher peek at the sample provided. To me this appears like a foggy day of snowing on the mountain. Toning down all the colors by applying a layer of gray and then rapidly wiping with sponges to remove layers.
Before the Fog
Here is a picture of wall A before the fog layer is applied to the mountain scene. You can see the bright trees and slopes very clearly.
After the fog layer application here is how it appeared.
After the FogThe difference is really noticeable when you look around the corner at wall B without the fog. Hmmmmm. I took a few more comparison looks and my gut reaction was a solid YUCK! So, before I proceeded any further, I walked up to the ski resort offices and asked the big cheese to come down and take a peek.
He walked in immediately noticing wall B located straight in front of him (which had not been fogged), and he said he liked it. Then he turned to his left and saw wall A (with the fog layer) and just blurted out, “I hate it!” He much preferred the other walls and so did I.
That meant I had to remove as much of the fog layer of paint as soon as possible. I spent the next half hour scrubbing with sponges and towels and was able to lift off about half the gray. Color changes were to add more green tints to the faraway tree line on the horizon. It was a couple of hours of fine-tuning to get the vibrancy back so all three walls were friends again. Here is how wall A looked after the re-do was complete.
These kinds of things happen, but I am getting better at trusting my instincts and questioning whenever I get a feeling things are not right. I never assume that I know better than my customer, making an effort to always listen to what they want. Re-do’s aren’t much fun so if I can limit it to a lesser quantity I am a lot happier.