Mountain Shadows

Continuing with my exploration of the southern landscape, I started a new 24×30″ painting today based on my recent trip to the mountains. Here is the initial tonal drawing to determine the composition and basic shapes. This is an early morning scene so the shadows are nice and long:

Blue ridge mountain landscape painting in progress by Jennifer E. Young

Next I start the block in, very broadly, laying in the darkest patterns first, followed by the lights. Aside from the usual burnt sienna I use for the tonal sketch, I have limited my palette to three primaries plus white (cadmium yellow light, alizarin permanent, and ultramarine blue).

Blue Ridge Mountains landscape painting in progress by Jennifer E. Young

The sky will be my lightest light, but I’ve put off laying that in until I have something of the mountain laid down.

Here’s where I am after a few hours’ work:

Blue Ridge Mountain landscape painting in progress by Jennifer E. Young

Next I will start laying in the sky and blocking in the haybales before going back in to refine overall. I think I’ve gotten some good information down so far. Now I just need to keep building on it and solidify my plan. More to come soon!

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