above the treeline
36" x 36" oil on gallery wrapped canvas
And whoosh....just like that I have left the beach for the mountains! Actually just on my easel. (Although I did catch glimpses of the mountains on a trip last weekend).
I just finished two big paintings with mountains this week for one of my galleries. I usually like to paint from sketches or studies that I have done on location. I just feel like it gives me a better feel for the subject. But since these were special requests and I had to have them done this week, I had to do something a little different.
I looked back through my photos to get some inspiration. I am a fanatical photographer and take a camera everywhere. I do have a lot of photos with mountains but none of them really spoke to me. So I sat down and started sketching from my photos. I pulled different ideas from different photos but both paintings are a compilation of different visual elements that I put together. In other words.... these paintings are straight from my imagination! It was a fun exercise!
I painted them both over a two day period. I love to paint large but it is a lot of physical labor. I had to ice my shoulder after I was done. But I am happy with the way they turned out so it was worth it!
I will post the second painting tomorrow.