This is a studio version of a plein air painting done in the Weaselhead Wilderness Area minutes away from our house. I’m very excited by this painting. For one thing I think it translated extremely well from the smaller original. It’s related but different and has a life of it’s own. Most importantly it also represents another step in my artistic journey. It was a nice painting with a lot of positive elements but nothing more until the last 15% of the painting when I added the rhythmic strokes horizontally across the mid ground. They were completely fresh and spontaneous strokes made with my favourite brush for this type of effect – a large squirrel wash brush. Anyway, I think that those strokes took this painting to the next level and I’m very excited by it. These spontaneous brush strokes are starting to happen more frequently which I attribute to all the practice and exploration I’ve been doing in the last year. Now the only thing I’m wondering is after I darkened the mid ground hill on the left I’m wondering if these horizontal strokes could be even a darker value. I’ll just live with this for a while to decide.
18″ X 24″
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