|7x14 pastel on thick somerset|
In this painting I want the idea of solitude, yet the challenge of adding an animal, something I rarely do. Suggestive is the quality I desire, rather than a tabloid "tell all." After deciding those two things the next question was, "which is the best format to reach my goal?" In my sketchbook, I reduced the landscape to basic shapes, like a notan, but a little different. I like to use pastel for this, with pencil I get caught up in those details that just don't matter. After 8 tries I decided on the 1 to 2 exaggerated horizontal.
Having a concept is very important. Realizing and using all the tools you have to make that concept work is the way to make your art more intentional.
I think I will go play with the other possibilities now.