Smoky mountain

Posted Sep 25, 2017, 10:12:28 PM

I haven't painted with acrylics in forever. I'd been meaning to give it a try again so I finally worked up the nerve to try it. Not really that pleased with it but I just need to keep practicing.

Acrylic on Canvas

Based on a photo by billinate of Mount Rainier National Park, WA

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  • Sep 26, 2017
    The color choices of the mountain are interesting, very pastel. Are they supposed to be like sunrise colors? The black banks put a lot of focus on it since they contrast so much. To me, it feels a bit like a magical or sacred aspect being contrasted to a very sinister or lifeless one.

    It's a good piece in my opinion, but it feels a bit empty, even if the mountain is the central focus. Maybe some clouds or more detail to the black banks would help.
    • Sep 26, 2017
      Thanks for the feedback! It's a sunset.

      I was thinking maybe I just needed to spend more time on the mountain and add more color variation to give it more interest. The mountain details were rushed. I tried to use a technique I've seen Bob Ross do with the palette knife to add snow to mountains.

      The foreground hills probably would look better if there were actual trees there. The dark color is probably what makes it feel sinister.

      But maybe the sinister feeling is appropriate since this was taken after a wildfire.
      • Sep 27, 2017
        A wildfire would do that. I've heard of that technique before, it sounds interesting, though I probably wouldn't be one to try it since I don't often work with paint.
        The color choices on the mountain are good, though defining the mountain itself in some way would probably add a good bit to the piece.
  • Oct 17, 2017
    I like the color scheme Smile
    I've been getting back into painting lately myself , but I'm on a gouache kick .