Even though it's been over a week since our frigid day trip to Jasper Natinal Park to do some drawing, mountain shapes are still showing up on canvases in my studio. I haven't painted a lot of mountain scenes, so it's a nice change of subject matter. To be honest, painting a mountain scene is kind of intimidating to me. Surely such an epic landscape deserves more attention to detail, more reverence, more time spent staring at them in awe and getting their shapes just right on the canvas?
Or I could just get over it and try my hand at playing around with their interesting lines. Like any unfamiliar subject matter, I have built mountains up in my head to be something reserved for other people to paint. Well, that's dumb. I want to paint mountains too!
So I did.
This series of panels was worked on simultaneously. It's kind of a mash-up of a few different photographs I took for reference. I chose the ones with the most interesting lines, highlights and shadows. It is not a continuous piece of a specific mountains range; it's more of a made-up landscape collage. Mountains are very complicated and rather than getting hung up on getting their shapes absolutely correct, I focused on fluidity of the line I was making and the shapes of some of the larger area of negative space (like snow or a swath of trees). I applied paint to all four of them at the same time to keep the colour consistent. It was a fun exercise to get me comfortable with drawing and painting mountains. So much so that I started two more mountain themed paintings.
All of these pieces will be making their way into my show at the High Level Diner later this week.