This is the landscape I was working on a few weeks ago. The client was giving it as a gift, so I’ve held back on posting about it.
I started out with a few thumbnail sketches that I sent to the client. The bottom right was approved so I got to work.
I toned the canvas with burnt sienna. It’s one of my favorite colors, and it make for nice temperature contrast when you are painting a lot of cool colors over it.
I tend to paint pretty thin. I usually move across the painting filling in areas at medium finish and then going back over it for details. That, of course only works because I sketched in the composition first. When painting from life, it works better for me to bring the whole painting up together, rather than moving across it.
I read a great post on MuddyColors by Lauren Panepinto. Muddy Colors is a Science-Fiction/Fantasy Art blog with contributors among the most renowned in that genre. Lauren’s post described some of the pros and cons for illustrators and other artsy folk living in the city vs the country. She mostly focused on possibilities for networking (which is very important). I think Lauren’s posts are always insightful, but she did mention that she was born in New York City and spent a lot of her life there. I think that may be the reason she didn’t list nature as one of the pros of living outside the city.
I think for many people it isn’t so easy to decide if you are a town mouse or a country mouse. I spent and enjoyed some time living in Kiev, but as someone who’s grown up in the shadow of the Wasatch Mountains, I would certainly not trade the inspiration of nature to live closer to more Art Directors.
For example, I woke up yesterday to falling snow and thought I’d go take some photos. I wound up halfway up a mountain waiting for the fog to clear so I could take a picture of a bush, and wondering if there was a less break-necky way down than the way I came up.
To each their own, but I think I’d rather break my neck in a canyon than in a taxi.
There is so much natural beauty on the face of this earth, but the ocean has a special hold on me. Living at the foot of real mountains has given me the opportunity to see breathtaking vistas whenever I bother. However, green valleys, sheer cliffs and ice-capped peaks always keep you moving—because they never move. To see the next view, you have to hike to it.
The ocean is a different beast. That enchanting place where land meets sea and sea meets sky can bring you a new view every second. It never stops moving. The juxtaposition of shimmering details, unseeable vastness and dynamic volume keeps me staring for hours.
I have several shots here from the same day at the same beach, when I just couldn’t stop looking.
These are all as shot—no touchups, no color enhancement—just the raw beauty of the waves.