I've recently completed this painting, and have noticed that for the first time figures have started making appearances in my landscapes.
As humans, we are naturally drawn to any figures or people that appear in paintings. I've been trying to add these figures in such a way that they are not the immediate focus of the painting, but rather fun discoveries one can make while looking more closely.
In this painting the figures are particularly small. Click on it to see a larger image of the painting if you can't find them ...
What I particularly like is that by using figures I can more explicit control the sense of scale in the painting. In pure landscapes, it can be hard to imply the true sense of grandeur or vastness of a scene. With a figure added, we suddenly read everything in relation to the scale of the figure.