Shuksan Study 2

The second study painting of Mt Shuksan in a series of paintings that I don’t know how long I will continue with, maybe 50.

For this second study I had some basic ideas of what I wanted to achieve.

  • A change to the first studies composition to improve my goal of depicting grand scale
  • Colors similar to the photo but edited for better effect
  • Simplicity
  • Grand scale
  • Use the previous study to learn from
  • A value range between foreground, middle distance, background and sky that correctly indicates great distance
  • Use much less paint when applying the initial drawing and first layer of paint
  • Use gessoed paper that doesn’t have lines all over it
  • Simplify the shapes more, don’t work so hard on the details
  • Softer edges
  • Try a canvas size a bit wider or a little less height

I was able to achieve most of the above. Although I did get detailed again and I’m not certain of the new ratio for the canvas. My initial thought is that it isn’t working.

What I can improve for the next painting.

  • More dynamic lines for the foreground and middle ground. This study has them almost at a straight line.
  • Dabs/dots of color on mountain are distracting. Look for more accurate or organic shapes.
  • A taller canvas may work better. Try a height greater than width.

Here is what I like about the second study

  • The softness of the clouds works much better. Less paint on the canvas helped with this.
  • The building is circled by light. I must keep this in all the paintings.
  • The warmer tones in the mountain is helping with interest.
  • The bright yellow greens in the foreground provides more interest in an otherwise dark and lifeless area.

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