Final image, 20"x40" oil on canvas
Reference photo I took in Aspen, Colorado last fall.
To make this photo image more dramatic and scenic, I changed the road into a stream and I edited the shapes, sizes and numbers of the trees for better composition.
Just simple drawing for composition with almost geometric shapes.
Unlike figure or portrait subject, I don't usually do detail drawing on landscape in order to make enough rooms to change or correct the composition while I was painting.
The canvas was a clear primed linen so that I needed to make initial under-painting with the same manner as transparent watercolor wash. I made the key of values with dark green fine trees and bright sky, from darkest dark to lightest light.
On landscape painting, I usually work on background images first. In this painting, the sky and distant mountain, where I made sure the overall value steps.
Middle-ground was being completed.
Foreground plane was left to complete.
Completed in three sessions.