The material for this painting is from several trips to the area surrounding Zion National Park. I have always been in awe of this view and have painted it a couple of times, and never been fully satisfied.
I started the painting below and realized I had made a mistake in composition and size of the mountain. So I just painted over parts and increased the height of the mountain, trying to get the proportions correct.
After playing around with the above painting I used a small 5x7 canvas and just painted in basic shapes to see if the proportions were now working correctly.
I made a few more adjustments and then created the piece below. Sometimes it takes a while to be satisfied with your own work. The challenge here is to make the distant mountain the focal point and keep it in the background at the same time.
"Colors of the West"
Oil on Belgian Linen
16" X 14"