Here’s a painting I did for an online class I’m taking with Tom Anderson — a fantastic landscape painter in the tradition of Bill Alexander. Tom painted this composition at Silver Falls, Oregon while finishing his certification. He uses it in his class to teach students how to create motion: the cascading waterfall, the two lovebirds paying in the mist. I added my own touches, of course, and set the painting in autumn. I have to admit that I’m rather proud of this one.
I designed and painted this mountain scene based upon (1) the landscaping laws I was studying in the Alexander Art Master Class and (2) an introductory painting that focused on using a limited palette: red, yellow, and blue (though I added green to the palette for this painting).
Up until this painting, everything I had done had been based upon other artists’s compositions. That’s not only necessary during when you’re just beginning, but it’s absolutely essential to the learning process; all great painters learned to paint by copying the work of master painters. But “Pastel Mountains” is an original composition — my first. It turned out far better than I anticipated. I hope you enjoy it.