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Old 01-02-2011, 02:38 PM
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Towering Mountain Majesty

Greetings!

This is my first painting where I work to apply the mountain-related techniques taught by Johannes in his webinars. I think it turned out quite well - much better than my earlier mountain paintings. I was also able to work in the underwater stones in the river, which was actually easier than it looks.

The most challenge part of the painting was breaking away from old habits that produced problems. For example, I overdid the white snow early on, which broke up the value plane of the mountain and just plain looked bad. The distant trees were originally too bright - again, a value issue, and I had to resist the urge to overdo the highlights in the foreground trees. The key thing is that I recognized these problems and fixed them vs. not really seeing or understanding them, which is how things often went in the "Pre-Johannes" era.

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Acrylic painting: 14" x 17"

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Nice soft color use for the mountains. It is like youre standing in the stream and watching to the mountains.
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Re: Towering Mountain Majesty

Matthew, I am so happy for you ! You are doing soooo well !
I just don't have time lately to check out the webinar....

I do think that the mountain's directional strokes are all going the same way though ? I would suggest to break this up in a few areas with verticals and also opposite directions....Do you see what I mean ?

I love the colours you have chosen and those rocks are looking great !
Very inviting entrance to this lovely work
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Hi Matthew,

Those are some really super looking mountains you've painted. Very nice work and a very pleasing scene.
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Re: Towering Mountain Majesty

A fine painting Matthew, you capture the grandness of the mountain and I love the deep dark blue shades of colour in the river. You know your trees so well and they are painted with great skill.
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Re: Towering Mountain Majesty

Thanks for the comments!

Linda: I was torn about how to paint the mountains. I went with the intentional slant to represent mountains that have all been uplifted from the same tilted slab of rock in a similar fashion... ugh, it's hard to explain... Mount Rundle is an example of this. Not sure if it was a great idea, but I think it works...

Skyenorth: The dark blue shade in the water is pure Cerulean Blue, swept over an underpainting of "river mud" (black and other earthy colors added in.)
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Matthew, that's what counts I was only giving my opinion, you are the boss of your painting, which is really really beautiful
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Re: Towering Mountain Majesty

I love the distance you've achieved. I am continuing to try to be aware of the exact same issues you discuss above!

Love work!

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