Sunset at Pine Tree Forest, Part 1: The Photo

So here’s the photo reference I’ll be using for my next studio painting. This photo was taken by my father while camping at Idyllwild , California. It reminds me of Ivan Shishkin’s most famous painting “Morning in the Pine Tree Forest”. So, I’ve decided to do a tribute and call it “Sunset at Pine Tree Forest”. And yes, there will be bears!

I plan on doing a lot of preparation for this painting and will document my progress in this blog. I’ve found that the amount of preparation is directly related to the end result. I plan on doing:

  1. Sketches and value comps
  2. Shape design study
  3. Gouache color study
  4. Trip to the zoo
  5. Bear comps
  6. Final painting

Next – Part 2: Sketch


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