This is a studio painting done as part of a series of work themed “Sacred Vantages”. The painting is done based on sketches and observations done in and around the Mettowee Valley in southwestern Vermont. The Mettowee Valley is a broad, flat valley. The mountains that form and shelter it are low and are gently wavy along the tops.
It is equally great for landscape as well as skyscape paintings. The sky can be very dramatic and the low mountains are a terrific foil for majestic looking skies.
The subject of the painting is a summer day when clouds were building up over the mountains, towering over and casting a dappling of dark shadows on the mountains below. The composition was done in “panoramic” format – a lot of width with a proportionally small amount of height. This format helps to balance the dominance of the towering clouds.