Semi advanced lighting question
I decided to unwind from all the stress of being a suckie artist and other life nonsense by coming to my parents new home in Vegas. While here I plan to do a lot of traditional and digital studies almost exclusively from life.
I haven't started yet but Ive been looking at the mountains and kind of pre painting it and thinking about techniques and approaches I want to try out before I even lay 1 brush stroke.
The mountains are a brownish red color but of course because of depth of field and atmospheric perspective they appear a bluefish purple. In Vegas there is hardly a could in the sky ever so it's just pure blue sky.
Here's where my semi question discussion comes in. In the past when trying to render something like this I would have colored the mountain it's local color then went over it with a low opacity in a slightly brighter color blue than the sky. I notice that this usually just turns the brown slider(in ps) closer to blue by like 3% and usually just desaturated the color.
I've heard our eyes play tricks on us constantly when referring to color and it's learning to see past that ain't paint things as they really are that makes a good painter. So that being said is that the correct way to handle a situation where ambient light changes the color of things? Is it really just a very similar color with a saturation tweak and a tiny push in hue towards the invading.
I'm trying to figure out the correct way (or more so how a painter would) to handle this.