Marvellous Monday Mountains! Mountains, frequent symbols of challenges but also of permanence, safety and forward progress. Painting my Monday Mountains, I found they’re both my comfort and my challenge.
Miniature Watercolour Mountain Landscapes – These two side by side miniature mountain paintings are Micro tiny! They’re 1 inch by 1 inch and painted in watercolours.
Mountains can symbolise and represent obstacles, permanence, progress, the sublime, and the heavenly realm.
Oil Pastel Mountain
The oil pastel began life as a watercolour in cobalt violet, burnt sienna and cobalt teal. As it developed, the pathway deviated to oil pastels giving it a more rough hewn appearance.
I chose both a horizontal format and a square format for this painting, to see which I preferred. Still on the fence on it.
Watercolour with Pen and Ink Mountain
The sunset mountains with pen work was a simple all over wash of red, orange, orange yellow to the bottom of the paper. I only used Permanent Rose and Winsor Lemon.
When it dried I used Burnt Sienna and Cobalt mix to gently glaze over the area designated for the mountains. Again, letting it dry. Then taking a pen to do a few lines here and there.
This effect was a little more structured and reined in than I normally do, but it was a good mountain. It has a nice little focal point and clarity of tones.
Ultramarine and Raw Umber Mountain
The Ultramarine, Mountain technique was another easy and quick exercise.
Using two colours, Raw Umber and Ultramarine Blue I put down a pale sloppy wash of raw umber and then quickly! – dripped in a bit of mid tone ultramarine and let it drizzle down…. all by itself.
The challenge of this technique is the urge to try to help the paint along and to thereby destroy the fresh translucency of the colour. When its allowed to do its own thing it is just sublime!
A great example of letting it freely flow is cobalt teal reflections, where I’ve merely touched the brush tip to damp tilted paper to allow the colour to flow.
I enjoy letting the paints and paper do a lot of the ‘work’ for me, it is fun to watch to see how the colours mix and merge together.
Inspired by Mountains
Monday’s Mountains, my 6 set of mountain paintings have inspired me for my mountains this coming week. I’m ready for them!