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
- 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.