Morning on the Saguenay

Digital Art, Landscape
©2019, Emma Pittson, “Morning on the Saguenay”. Photoshop.

We had a stellar view from our Huttopia campsite at the Baie Ste-Marguerite sector of Parc Nationale du Saguenay. Imagine my surprise when I learned that the bay is subject to low tide on a daily basis and essentially turns into a large sandbar during most daylight hours. Great for exploring, but… not the swimming hole we were expecting.

Still, early mornings and evenings were spectacular. Believe it or not, there was even a heron posed in the long grass (for real!), but I didn’t include it in the painting because I thought it would end up looking fake.

Clouds at Ste-Irenee beach

Digital Art, Landscape
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©2019, Emma Pittson, “Clouds at Ste-Irenee Beach”. Photoshop.

I often think to myself that it would be so much easier if I could a) get excited about drawing buildings (haven’t really tried, but you never know – I might find I love it!), and b) not mind that I can’t see any horizon line.   I’m a city-dweller, but I don’t find artistic inspiration in cities – because, honestly, how could cities ever compare with the St-Lawrence river and great big, puffy clouds?

Lac Charlebois at Sunset

Digital Art, Landscape
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©2019, Emma Pittson, “Lac Charlebois at Sunset”. Photoshop.

View from the balcony of my step-mother’s cottage in the Laurentians.

If I were to do this piece again, I would make sure to paint the foreground trees with a sharper brush.  I know in theory that foreground elements should be clearly defined, and background elements should be out of focus, but I don’t always remember to follow through with that!

La Malbaie, Take 2

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

Wow, I struggled with this one.  I never felt like I could get the colours right, or the sense of a multitude of branches.  I love trees, I love the idea of painting trees, but when it gets right down to it, people who paint trees have the patience of a SAINT, and that’s just not me.  Perhaps I should relax my own rules for this project and allow myself to use special Photoshop brushes in order to more easily simulate branches (and vegetation in general), rather than force myself to treat my digital work as if it were real paints…