Thursday, March 8, 2012

Heart Mountain

This painting, Heart Mountain, is from a photograph taken on our trip to Wyoming.  Heart Mountain is located just north of Cody in the Bighorn Basin.  Although it has been sleeting here today, warm weather is quickly approaching.   I am hoping to spend many pretty days painting outdoors.  Having only painted a handful of landscapes, I thought our Wyoming photos would be good practice for me in preparation for plein air painting.  And I would enjoy them as a small series, too.  I welcome any critiques/suggestions you may have for me.

Also, I am working on a new surface today.  I've noticed that so many of you seem to prefer working on the Ampersand panels, so I ordered a few to try myself.  I think that I will really like the smooth surface, so I am excited!


Sonya Johnson said...

Oooh - this is great, Darla! Can't tell from this painting that you aren't a seasoned landscape painter.

Probably the biggest issue I see with landscape paintings is poor aerial/atmospheric perspective. You nailed it here, so no suggestions from me, other than paint on location as much as you can :). I also think doing studio landscapes like this will be a good preparation for doing plein air work, as you get to sort out issues like palette and color mixing ahead of time.

Karen d'Angeac Mihm said...

Very nice Darla, I think you did a great job, the mountains and the trees look great! Also a great color combination between the ground and the mountains in the back.

Azra said...

This is a wonderful job Darla!! There's a lovely romantic feel to this with the soft brushwork.Looking forward to seeing more!