I’ve just finished my painting session for today. Another mountain scene. To be honest about it, I feel as if I’ve spent the morning climbing these mountains. I’m exhausted. It was a struggle, and here’s what I have to show for my efforts:
I don’t know why I can’t get a larger photo. It’s been one of those days, so I’m not going to concern myself too much about the size. I fought with my internet connection all morning, then fought with my paints and brushes, so right now I’m just going into “let it be” mode. It is what it is, as folks like to say.
But, what is this, really? Well, it’s a mountain scene, and even though it’s difficult to see the details clearly in the small picture, it’s intended to be “Autumn in the Mountains”. That’s supposed to be a river running through the scene with lots of autumn-colored trees in the middle and lots of foliage in the foreground. It seems the picture is lacking something…so I considered adding a big tree, but then I reconsidered. Not today. I’ve had enough hassle, and I’d probably end up with another gigantic, out-of-proportion monstrosity. I decided I was relatively happy with this painting as it is, so I left it alone.
When I look back at mountains I’ve painted, I sometimes do like them. While I’m painting them, however, I never think they look right. As I mentioned in another post — What I’ve Learned — I can’t really tell how a painting will look until I stop, step back, and see it from a distance. I’m trying to do that more as I paint. Step back. Assess. Paint. Step back. Assess. Maybe that will help.
I was asking myself earlier why I keep painting mountains when they are such a struggle for me. That, of course, is exactly why I keep painting them. Mountain climbers often say they climb mountains “Because they’re there,” and I suppose that’s part of the reason I insist on painting them. They’re there. I love mountain scenes, and I want to paint them.
So, expect to see a lot more mountains. I’m not going to give up until I’ve reached my personal “peak” — the ability to paint mountains with ease, to paint mountain peaks that look realistic, to create mountain scenes that have light, shadow, and depth.
It’s going to take a while. Mountain climbing isn’t easy, and for me, neither is mountain-painting, but I’ll keep plodding along, one step at a time.