Daily Painting: Blanchard Mountain

Blanchard Mountain. Oil on Linen Panel. 6" x 8".

This is a small study for a couple of larger paintings of Blanchard Mountain from the east side, near Alger, in the fog.

In this study I experimented primarily with the foreground - what would be in the lower part of the painting to lead the eye towards the mountain? How to convey the fog and how much of the mountain to expose? And the sky? And trees/no trees in the middle ground? If trees, how to simplify and keep your eye moving back?

You'll see what I thought worked in the larger paintings that will follow in the next few weeks.