Fontanallis Twin Pines

(Oil on Canvas, 36×24)

Larger canvases provide a powerful platform to exibit the layered details of learnings as well as challenges.

I found I more deliberately break the process of painting larger canvases into parts – focusing on perfecting one area before moving onto the next section. Applying the same concepts as with business and product development, it follows the general plan: vision, identifying the sequence of layers and planning, and then executing than plan and iterating and changing course as needed.

With this painting, I focused considerable time on each area: the sky, back snow covered crags and shadows, middle layer mountains of Dick’s Pass and Dick’s Peak, the rocky crag outcropping jutting into Fontanillis Lake, the foreground pines and foliage, and the water and reflections.

The challege with breaking the painting into parts is to maintain the cohesive nature of the values, and colors. This was one of the first paintings I explored the “Ansel Adams” black and white view to guage the effectiveness of values. I’m very happy with how this turned out: