I started painting the landscape directly behind the caribou with colors too bright and too warm. All of a sudden, all I could see was burnt sienna leaping from the painting. I mixed up some light blues and purples and with some blending, settled the background back into the distance.
I might play with it a bit more but there needs to be some warmth in this middle ground to form the transition with the foreground. Once the foreground is in and the caribou are painted, I'll have a better judge on the balance.