I wanted to make a multi-panel painting for this one, so I started with delineating the areas for the different panels in GIMP. MyPaint (version 0.8.2) on Ubuntu 10.10 - the Maverick Meerkat - is a wonderfull tool for freehand painting, but when you know the size in advance using another software to mark the artwork boundaries is an easy solution.
The entire painting is based on photograph references (see speedpainting above), as it serves mostly to practice my digital painting skills. The background consists of the view from Cap Blanc Nez, at the Opal Coast, France.
I used lots of different standard MyPaint brushes, but especially the airbrushes are worth mentioning here. These make it very easy to paint realistically looking clouds. I also used them for painting the waves at the coastline.
Adding more detail, flowers, birds and boat in MyPaint. I added some things to make each panel to be able to stand alone. I used some of the standard grass brushes to speed up filling the fields with texture. Manually adding grass blades is however necessary to make it look less artificial. Cloud shadows and sun rays were added to make the lighting correspond with the bright cloudy sky.
Some final adjustments were made, and the file was moved back to GIMP to make some final tone and level changes.