While I’m recovering from surgery this week, I’m slowed down quite a bit by medication Since my surgery Monday, today is the first day I felt I could paint. To keep things simple, I decided to continue using a painting knife (no brushes to clean!). Realizing I have a show in Lake Tahoe coming up, I decided to look through reference photos of mountains/lakes. I came across a photo from The Grand Tetons, an iconic mountain range.
It’s not easy painting icons (try painting the Golden Gate Bridge!), so in this case, rather than show the entire ridge, I choose one section to focus on. Makes it more generic, and so less subject to the issues I have with painting iconic images–it’s like painting a portrait: the likeness must be solid, which leaves a little less room for free interpretation. How do you handle painting iconic images?
The trees in this photo look darker than the original, but you get the idea. Enjoy!