For quite some time now I have been busy creating landscapes with emphasis on forests, trees etc. Now for a change I want to make some paintings from the scenic Spiti valley in Himachal Pradesh. We made a trip there in June 2013 visiting some amazing places like Nako, Tabo, Kaza etc.
Before embarking on a new subject I try to get comfortable with the elements in the landscapes by doing a series of Quick study sketches OR thumbnail sketches. Given below are a few sketches mostly sized 4" x 5". Doing these sketches helps me in to understand the colours and values, the light and shadow and in general it helps me to take a decision regarding the scenes which I can enlarge
to create a bigger art work.
Once I have handled the difficult issues while doing a small sketch, creating a larger painting gets a lot more easier and that way I I know for sure that I will not be overusing my pastels on the paper which in turn creates a muddy effect.
Study sketches created from my journey to SPITI valley in Himachal Pradesh