30 Days of Value Thumbnails – Day 6

mini painting color study at campground in Grand Tetons National Park May 5 2019
Mini color study, 3×4 oil on paper

I initially was attracted to this photo from our stay at a campground in the Grand Tetons National Park because of the mountain of pine trees in the distance. I knew I needed to make them cooler, duller, and lighter than the foreground, but I definitely felt hindered by painting from a photo rather than at the site.

If I were to do this one again, I’d go darker with the bushes in the foreground to keep them more clearly in the darkest value shape. And maybe lighter with the distant trees. The composition is a little too split in half, so adjusting that would be good. It would be interesting to have the dominant shape be the pines and minimize the foreground…not sure how well that would work but it would be worth an experiment!

I like the way the dull peach is contrasting with the yellow green in the near grasses.

Reference photo from our campsite in Grand Tetons National Park

Value thumbnail of simple shapes

Black and white value check of my study

The paper was toned with a light wash of transparent oxide yellow. It’s mostly covered up, but there’s a tiny bit peeking out between the sky and trees that I like.