Heather approached me about doing a lovely mountain landscape piece about a month ago. She actually found me through my wonderfully talented sister, Jenny's photography site. (She is super good at what she does so you should definitely check out her work! But be forewarned... you may just lose yourself for hours. It's that mesmerizing.)
I have to admit, scenery paintings are not always my favorite thing. The thing is... I love humans. I love capturing their essence, the unique facial qualities that make them who they are. However, this project has definitely taught me how prematurely I wrote landscapes off as obnoxious leaves and twigs and stones. Due to the sweepingly wide compositions scenic paintings usually offer, I find that light and color sing harmoniously and evenly across the forms jutting from the earth, stretching skyward. There is something undeniably enchanting and peaceful about the vastness that gives humans a context for life. Creation is stunning.
This image in particular had SUCH fun complimentary arcs in the mountains and sloping grass, in addition to an intriguing sunset lighting; I found myself eager to represent the beauty through my painting.
So thank you, Heather, for challenging me and making me better. Thanks for changing how I see scenery!