One of the more interesting series I have done is based on the Three Sisters - the iconic mountains in the Rockies above Canmore Alberta. I am represented by Avens Gallery in Canmore and, as a result, have visited the region numerous times in the past few years gathering reference material. We stay in an RV park right at the base of the " Sisters" on the edge of town. So I have seen it spring and fall, early, mid day and at sunset. It makes the most dramatic changes of any subject I think I have ever seen and gives one the freedom to invent knowing that anything is possible with this subject.
I have painted it plein air from our RV window and from the window of the RV laundry room at -8 C last April. Plein air again in the early fall.
|Acrylic 9x12 plein air from RV window|
|Acrylic 11x14 plein air from RV laundry room window|
And I have made numerous small and large paintings using varying views of the mountains and changing the foreground from my imagination to vary the result - painting what could be more than what is. I guess that is artistic license.
|Oil plein air 8x10|
RV park view
|RV Park in Canmore|
I have other subjects that have worked well for me in a similar fashion - holding some reference fairly accurate - what would be the centre of interest and usually found in the title - and then using a variety of foregrounds from my imagination and photos to vary the outcome. Makes for fun and fast paintings and is great learning.