"New Zealand Mountains" - oil on canvas. This was painting #2 ever. The scene is from a National Geographic photo which I liked. I gridded the photo (and the canvas) and simply reproduced it as accurately as I could (except cropping the right-hand 20%). I guess I violated all painting advice by not working the whole painting and gradually getting to the details. I literally just worked my way around finishing pieces at a time. I still like it though - the photo does not capture the sky color well but I love the slight trace of turquoise in it. I also like the way the valley to the left really looks like a very cold place in the shade. The foreground blue area is curious since I've never really seen anything like it except in the original photo, but I suppose it's an ice field.

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