Day 19 of notans

Notan sketches of Schwabacher Landing, Grand Teton National Park

For today’s notan sketches I revisited a setting I loved at Grand Teton National Park. Schwabacher Landing has everything: water, views of the mountains, trees, meadow. And beavers if you’re lucky enough to spot them. I had used this same photo as reference for the first day of my value thumbnails challenge back in May.

I explored the reflections of the trees and mountains on the glass-like surface of the water, but I don’t really care for the symmetry created by the reflection. At least not as the main focal point of the composition. Balancing small spots of dark with the large dark shapes on the right and bottom made the shapes more interesting and harmonious.

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