Hello again painting fans.

This week we’ll be starting an entirely new painting.

The photo that I will be using is seen directly below.

I’ll be using my usual acrylics on an 8×10 canvas.

I took this photo on my trip out west this summer.  It shows a trailhead going toward one of the buttes in Sedona, Arizona.  I particulary like how the butte to the rear has distant faded colors.

I wanted to begin by painting an outline of the butte, the dominant element.  Simple enough, but it had to be placed to allow the other elements appropriate space.  I actually added marks on the canvas to properly orient things.

The current state of the painting is seen directly below.

Note the marks below that I used to place the butte.  They divide the canvas roughly in quarters.  I was less concerned about the north/south placement.  Note further that I’ve actually already added a layer of paint to the sky.  Of course this blue is only the first layer for all that will come.

That’s about it for now. Next week I’ll have more progress to show you. See you then. As always, feel free to add photos of your own work in the comments section below.

Earlier paintings in this series can be seen here.