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11-20-2010, 09:23 AM
Hey :)

I started a new acrylic painting for the North America Project in my own forum.

This scene has to take place in the Resurrection Bay in Aslaska. I found the reference on flickr where a friend gave the permission to me to paint it :) I'm very happy about that.

I chose some walrus to put in this scene and I hope it will come out as I want it to be :D

So firstly I've done a sketch with Photoshop to have the right composition.
This time I carefully took care of the composition to lead the viewers eye.


Now here are the vanishing points. I actually tried to lead the viewers eye in this little passage between the rocks.
I've chosen the Osprey to catch the viewers eye and lead it into the painting.


Then I transferred the digital sketch on my Hardboard.

The hardboard is 31,5x39,4" or 80x100cm


I'll go on with the faraway background to paint the forest and the sky :)

Thanks for watching,

Greetings Vany

11-20-2010, 02:31 PM
Hi everyone!

I painted a little bit more today. So the sky color is finished and I tried the forest a little bit. I'll go on tomorrow.

*want to have airbrush... the mist scares me :D*

I have taped off the rocks, so that no color gets into the mountains




11-20-2010, 06:18 PM
Anxous to see this one come to life.. interesting approach to the mountains.
Love the composition!

11-21-2010, 07:12 AM
Thanks for your comment, Kathie :) I liked it as I saw the foto on flickr and HAD to paint it :D

No here are the next pictures. I started the mist with an zincwhite with less opacity and tried to give it a misty look, what was very hard, because I want to have an airbrush, but I had to do it with a brush :(






For the next step I'll paint in the mountains in the background and a lot of more forest, mist and rocks :) The rocks in the front will be after that, because I told myself that I will work from the back to the front.

11-21-2010, 07:45 AM
An interesting approach and a lot of work, it will be great to see how the final will look.

11-21-2010, 08:11 AM
Vany, how many layers of thinned out white to achieve
the mist so far?
thanks--- enjoying this

11-21-2010, 08:34 AM
Thanks you two :)

:) I think there were 5 or 6 layers of white. But it's not only thinned out, so the color itself is very thin. It is not a titanium white. It's called zinc-white so you don't have to thin it out. At the mountains in the right background is also a little bit of titanium white to make it more misty than in the front.

11-21-2010, 08:40 AM
Zinc White the best..lol This is coming along nicely and pulling up a chair to watch...great sketch too.


11-21-2010, 09:12 AM
Very interesting to watch.Looking great so far. I will keep checking your wip.

11-21-2010, 10:41 AM
Thanks Elaine, Yes you're right about the Zinc White :D hehe thanks for your kind comment :)

Thanks Elinor, too :) I'm glad you like it.

a new step. I paint the forest and and have painted the contours of the rocks.


I removed the masking tape and now we can see the osprey again. :D

the forest and later the rocks will be overpainted with mist, but I wanted to have more structure :)

11-21-2010, 11:40 AM
Very anxious to see this finished! Great sketch btw!

11-21-2010, 04:40 PM
Looking great! The Mist looks fabulous!

11-21-2010, 07:08 PM
Thank youu :) I've done a little bit more today, but I've to paint more mist tomorrow, because it's to dark. I like the rocks, but they have to be more in the background and so I've to paint mist over it ...

But now I know how to handle the rocks !! :D


See you tomorrow... bedtime now :D

11-22-2010, 06:57 PM

today I painted the mist over the forst and a little bit over the rocks.

So I hope you like the next steps...



I'll try to paint the rocks very soon :)

Greetings Vany

11-25-2010, 01:08 AM
The rocks and mist is realy looking awesome, love seeing it come to life!

11-25-2010, 12:16 PM
Hi Kathie :) Thanks a lot!

Now I had the time between classtests and so on to go on painting. I just painted the little rock on the left :)



I actually set a bit of sienna in the rocks color, but I haven't taken a foto yet... But I'll do this the next time :) (sorry for the bad quality of the last picture)

Hope you like it

Best regards from Germany


11-25-2010, 12:21 PM
looks great!!
I Loved your details on the rocks on the left, shame to see them covered up in the thick mist, they are about gone now!
left rocks look great!

11-25-2010, 12:45 PM
Thanks Kathie :) Yeah I loved it too, but I thought, it was to contrastful and will fight against my foreground rocks. So I hope you'll be happy in the end :)

Have you got a tipp on doing water? I'm afraid of it :(

11-25-2010, 02:15 PM
:thumbsup: This is great, love following along.

11-25-2010, 04:08 PM
Looks great. About the mist. Next time, try using sponge instead of a brush. For me it's much easier to get a misty effect.


11-26-2010, 04:56 PM
Hey, thanks for your kind comments :) and thanks Thomas for your tip :) I'll try to do this the next time...

It spend a lot of time to paint the second rock today.




After that I painted the outlines and contures for the third rock on the right :)


Hope you like it :)

11-27-2010, 05:43 PM
Coming along so very nicely! Will be watching with much enthusiasm for your next update!:thumbsup:

11-28-2010, 07:23 AM
Hey Barb, thanks for your comment :)


I just painted the green places on the rock because I wanted to show myself, where I have to paint the rocks :) I wanted to have a better overview for painting the rocks :)

So It's not a big update, but only a little bit:D

11-28-2010, 06:03 PM
Now this is the actual step. I painted the basic color of the rocks and already worked on the left part and the one in the middle at the bottom of the rock.
I've to paint some details in the rocks soon to get it more lifelike :) It takes a lot of time to only paint this basic color. I'll go on very soon, but I've to put a commission between this steps. It has to be finished on Christmas :)

So now the actual painting :) Hope you like it.


Greetings from Germany,


12-25-2010, 10:55 AM
Heya :)

I got an airbrushset for christmas and I started to prepare my water on the painting for the airbrush.

Here is the actual step of the rocks. I've to paint the rockdetails on the top, but I wanted to try my airbrushpistole :)


Now I taped the colored areas near the water...


and then use my airbrush for the water grounding :)


Hope you like it :D

Have nice holidays!

12-26-2010, 06:50 AM
Next step done :)

Paint the sea in front and behind the rocks and the bottom of the two rocks in the farer background.


01-10-2011, 01:36 AM
Hey everyone :)

I just finished this one :)

hope you like it.


Thanks for watching!

Greetings Vany

01-10-2011, 02:34 AM
Completely awesome!! I absolutely love the way you have done those rocks! Great job!!

01-10-2011, 12:10 PM


Charlie's Mum
01-11-2011, 11:20 AM
This has turned out beautifully Vany - much better than I thought from the earlier work - sorry!!! ;) Just shows, we should never judge a work until completed because we don't know what the artist has in mind for it!
this really is impressive.

Did you use the airbrush for the land too - and any more of the mist?

01-11-2011, 08:40 PM
Thank you for taking us on the process journey with you from the start to the end. So much depth and interesting textures. Stunning.

01-12-2011, 10:59 AM
wow thanks so much! :D:clap:

@ lstrvr & noodle1: thanks a lot :D I'm very happy about your comments :D

@ Charlie's Mum: Thanks :D Yeah I just have to find my way. I think you mean the kodiak bears? ^^ Or did you meant one of those steps? But I don't like the kodiaks anymore... I was proud to paint my first landscape, but after a few days I though... eeeek!! something has going wrong :D
I use the airbrush for the groundcolors of the water and the mist in this painting. Land and rocks are painted by brushes :)

@ motherundercover: thanks so much. You're welcome :) It was very funny and so I'm glad you liked the steps :)

thanks for watching

Kathrin G.
01-12-2011, 01:33 PM
lovely work :clap: :clap: :clap:

01-12-2011, 01:46 PM
I think the mist turned out wonderfully! and the contrast between the soft mist and the hard craggy rocks sets each off very well... beautiful piece :)

01-12-2011, 02:38 PM
:clap: Wow! This really turned out great.