The first pass of rough colour over the painting. The lighting design of the picture can now begin to be seen, the mountain (Kailash) picking up the last light of the afternoon sun and everything else in shadow which will enable the lights to be seen in the buildings and cave entrance.
This painting was originally planned to be an Antarctic landscape, freezing cold with snow and ice but I decided a Tibetan one would be more interesting. What is not apparent at this stage is how cold this painting is meant to look with snow everywhere and plumes of steam coming from the buildings as the warm air meets the cold.
A relatively limited palette is envisaged.