The most interesting characteristic of this shot is that; absolutely nothing is true vertical (90) or true horizontal (180). Where is the true orientation of this shot? That’s what is so attractive to my eye when I first set eyes on this scene. To the right is a road that descends into the valley which banked right because of it’s steep topography.
I first came across this path with my daughter in February of 2015. The boards were ice-covered and slippery so we only ventured about half way up the walk in fear of slipping into the deep ravine that descended below us on our left. Our Winter’s lower sunlight, the shadows attracted me to photograph this scene. So I waited earlier, in the year towards, Spring, and at the proportionate time of day, shot this photograph.
I started off this painting with a very fuzzy and large Chalk brush that allowed my canvas texture to show through. Using a simplified source image I was not concerned of adding photographic detail, at this point. My main objective was to lay color down as a guide so that I could proceed.
When working on this digital, or any digital painting, for that matter, I need to walk away from my computer screen often. Especially, when I am working with scenes that have a lot of background detail in them. For example…small trees and foliage that add depth in your painting. I have to make a conscious decision about what detail is important to my composition.