Art Process 10 // Cotopaxi Valley

cotopaxi valley, diana willard (detail)

I'm off to the east coast for a short trip! I grew up there and it'll be my first trip back in three years, so I'm pretty excited to get to see friends and family.

I'll be taking a short blogging break while I'm away, but wanted to leave you with some images of one of my recent paintings.

cotopaxi valley, diana willard (sketch)

I've been working hard to do more drawing and painting lately, and this one I'm particularly happy with. . . especially since it took me almost three months to make!

cotopaxi valley, diana willard

I based the painting off of two photographs I took during my trip last year to Ecuador. There was something about the expanse of land below us and the clouds beyond that really drew me in.

Unfortunately, that didn't translate easily into a painting for some reason. After doing a bunch of sketches, I jumped into painting. . . And got completely stuck! For months!

It took a lot of staring at it -- and it staring back at me -- before I impulsively decided to repaint the entire piece.

cotopaxi valley, diana willard

The orange was definitely an experiment. I was so frustrated with the painting that I initially added it to cover up some parts I was unhappy with. . . but ended up liking it so much I decided to keep it.

cotopaxi valley, diana willard

It's funny because during those months when the painting was hanging half-finished on our wall, and I was sighing about it, S reminded me that my favorite paintings are often the ones that take me the longest to figure out.

I'm happy to say this time that he was definitely right. Thanks S!

The original painting is available in my Etsy shop. Have a lovely weekend everyone!

xo Diana

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