|barn on montana by-way|
i started right off with a problem because for the truck i would have preferred to use cold pressed paper and for a landscape i usually like rough. to work my way out of this vexing conundrum i decided that the painting would probably be more landscape than figure so rough won in the end. i lightly drew the the elements of the landscape on a piece of 14"X20" fabriano artistico rough paper and then a bit more meticulously drew the truck coming from the left foreground. i didn't like the ratio of length to width of this paper (or the standard 30"X22"/15"X22"/11"X15") for that matter. so i trimmed about three inches off the left side of the paper to make it about 14"X17" ( or a ratio of about 1.2:1) which appealed to me more. the truck is a bit sloppily drawn, but i think this is going to be a bit of a "practice" painting so i left it as is.
|first steps: "old '49 headin' west"|