This scene is directly inspired by a painting done by the incredible Nic Hankins. His scene was inspired by a photo he took at the summit of Mount Le Conte in Tennessee (I looked up photos of that place online by the way, and the Great Smoky Mountains really are stunning- and they really are called smoky for a reason!) I did this one on a rehauled thrift store painting, so hey free frame lol. I honestly did this one since I need to practice my foliage and detail work a bit more, specifically those spruce trees like a white spruce or black spruce with those upturned branches. I’m terrible at them lol, which is why I decided to do a scene with them since practice makes perfect !! I’m pretty pleased with this one, although I will say there’s a bit of an odd tangent developed between the large spruce and the tree behind it. Composition and planning is just as important if not more important than anything you do while holding a brush, and it’s little fine tuned things like that which can really tie it all together.