and...of course there is always the possibility of leaving it largely as is and just putting in some small bits here and there...:) THAT IS THE FUN PART!!
This is a process picture of my newest piece. This one is coming along, but will take a few minutes more to complete as I am not working from a reference photo.
Early in my career I would NEVER attempt to work without a complete reference photo in front of me, but seeing as how I am constantly LOOKING at my beautiful mountains, and have done so many of this subject I have gotten to a place where I can IMAGINE a thing...to a place where I want to build a dream of a place in my mind...
HOWEVER, I always work from reference photos or from life if I'm lucky enough to be sitting in front of something this awesome...for me the reference is some snowy mountain pics, and some trees.
I originally wanted to do a pine with a long branch coming from the left side leaving the scene...today will the the day I play around with that to see what I REALLY want in front...Things I keep in mind is composition (always), and finding ways to show contrast...otherwise since there is SO much going on in our mountains that we need to edit as artists for the sake of a painting would just disappear into the landscape...so, that is my challenge today!
I've been working on a new wax collage piece in my mind...just about to get going on that one...JUST IN TIME...or a little early for Valentines Day and my article coming out in the Jan/Feb issue of Cloth Paper Scissors!