|Emory Peak from Boot Canyon - 14"x11" oil on panel|
This painting taught me a thing or two about how to make my center of interest something other than the obvious... which would be (to most people) the boot. But the distant pinnacles of Emory were my intended focus because of the outstanding light that was shining on its face and the shadows from other nearby peaks that make it stand out like a castle. The trick here was to make the boot look closer in relation to the peaks, a more difficult task because cool colors generally recede and warm colors come forward. If not done properly, the boot would just look like a dark cutout in the side of the mountain. Hopefully, for those of you not familiar with this famous landmark, your eyes have correctly assessed what the painting is trying to say. For the rest of you it was probably an easy task to recognize this rock.