Les Hautes Gorges de la Riviere Malbaie

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©2019, Emma Pittson, “Les Hautes Gorges de la Riviere Malbaie”. Photoshop.

Now THIS was some stunning scenery!  We went camping there in the summer of 2018, and everywhere we looked was another beautiful vista.  I think I read somewhere that these are the highest peaks in Canada East of the Rockies.  Well worth a visit, but keep in mind that it’s a little cut off from civilization.  In fact, you’ll lose internet access 20 min. before you’ve even reached the entrance to the park!

With this piece, I began to wonder if I might want to reconsider limiting my Photoshop brushes because there just HAS to be a better way to paint masses of trees.  Also, the driver was in need of updating.  See how the brush marks on the clouds are all one thickness?  That’s because the “pen pressure” option wasn’t working, and that was a sure sign that my Photoshop driver was out-of-date.

That blue-green mountain in the background may be too saturated to make sense, but it just makes me happy!

View from a Highway

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View From A Highway, Photoshop.

With this study, I tried very hard not to get caught up in every little leaf on the trees, but to simplify, simplify, simplify.  For that reason alone, I’m happy with it!  And hey, who DOESN’T love a bright blue summer sky?

Lac Stukeley at Sunset

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©2019, Emma Pittson, “Lac Stukeley at Sunset”. Photoshop.

This was my second lunchtime landscape sketch, and already, you can tell that I was feeling more comfortable with the tools.  The reference photo was taken while we were camping at Parc National du Mont Orford.  I really feel that not allowing myself to use a gradient gave a better result for the water!

Back in the saddle!

©2019, Emma Pittson, “View from Tremblant”. Photoshop.

So it’s been… what? A few years since my last blog post? I know, I know.. it’s absolutely shameful.

In my defense, I WAS returning to work after a 10 year absence, so I had a lot to prove. For a long while, there just wasn’t any time or head space at the end of the day for art-making.

But so far, my career has got itself (mostly) back on track (knock on wood), the kids are doing ok, and my house isn’t falling apart – win!

There’s also something about September that makes me think “time for another ’30 Paintings in 30 Days’ challenge”, but since Leslie Saeta isn’t doing that this year, I decided it was time for a little self-motivation!

The Challenge:

Spend as many of my lunch hours as possible doing landscape studies in Photoshop.

The Rules:

Onwards!