Shuksan Study 4

The fourth study painting of Mt Shuksan in the series and I like this one a lot but I’m not sure it’s ready for a larger painting.

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

  • A change to the composition to improve my goal of depicting grand scale
  • Colors similar to the photo but edited for better effect
  • Simplicity
  • Use the previous study to learn from
  • Simplify the shapes more, don’t work so hard on the details
  • Softer edges
  • Try a square canvas again

I started out super simple and blocked in the clouds, sky, mountains and foreground all in one color. Then I preceded to add all the details. I may have gone too detailed but the great thing about this process is that I can easily gauge when to stop with the details.

There was one point where the foreground was just single colors and blurred out which I really liked. It was almost like I was in a car passing by the mountain and the foreground was blurry but the mountain was not. I may have to try a painting like this.

What I can improve for the next painting.

  • Maybe try a vertical canvas again I like the super height of the cloud but this one doesn’t have it.
  • The foreground mountain behind the building looks really rushed and kind of blah.

Here is what I like about this study

  • The colors and values on the mountain
  • Make the foreground mountain behind the building a bit smaller
  • I elongated the mountain a bit.

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