Virgil Commission 1

Mr and Mrs Virgil contacted me about capturing there special retreat on canvas. There cabin sits on one of Northern Arizona’s beautiful mountain lakes. You can see from this photo I had several reference photos to work from for this painting. The cabin with the rocks above, in the summer season, with the lake full and elk passing through were the elements important to them to capture in this painting. The challenge was no photo encompassed all of the elements. After meeting with them and spending time sketching and studying these photos, we came up with a compositional sketch. Upon approval, I then re-created this on my canvas. At this stage I can further study value and contrast along with other compositional elements. While happy with it overall, I did see the elk needed to be enlarged a bit.