Scott discusses the difficulty of painting large rock surfaces and describes how he simplifies their design.
Don't chase every rock. Look for major light and shadow shapes first.
As you observe a scene, write down words that describe your intent / the things that interest you most about a scene. In this episode, Scott wanted to emphasize:
In order to accomplish the above objectives, Scott minimized the sky and made the sky and light shapes on the rock (especially where they meet), close in value.
Find five photos of different rock formations / mountains.
For each photo, develop at least three alternative designs by varying:
Paint a gesture study of one your favorite design.
Critique each and tape the results in your journal.
Prismacolor Markers (see Materials, Mediums & Setup, Value Markers).
Oil or gouache paints.