Day 11 of notans

Notan sketches of trees and mountains

Today’s notan sketches felt like an exercise in what I don’t want to do. For the most part, I ended up with walls of solid dark trees and lots of parallel lines. Perhaps it’s simply a good example of how the scene as it’s presented by mother nature doesn’t offer a great composition, and it’s my decisions as an artist that will guide it toward an interesting painting.

Though it looks super messy, the wide horizontal format in the upper right has potential. If I were to make a more interesting and pleasing pattern by improving the shapes of light and dark and arranging them better together, it could be a good structure for a painting.

Focused practice project parameters: complete 100 landscape notans. 3 minutes per notan, 5 notans per session, 20 sessions to reach 100.