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Mountains and Me by 2xreavis Mountains and Me by 2xreavis
Here's a scene of me putting on my helmet, about halfway to the summit of Gannett Peak in Wyoming. It was a really nice 20 mile hike to get to this point, making it about 40 milies round trip. As an artist, I think its important and gratifying to explore places that few people ever see. This can be as extreme as mountaineering or as simple as observing how light bounces around in a moraine. Clyde Aspevig, a well known landscape painter, came up with a very fitting term for this exploration: land snorkeling.

6x8" Oil on Canvas

-Ultramarine Blue
-Cobalt Turquoise
-Cadmium Red Medium
-Yellow Ochre
-Transparent Red Oxide
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LG-Young Featured By Owner May 22, 2010
"Land snorkling". *grin* Somehow didn't catch this piece when it got posted. Do you remember what colors you mixed to get those nice neutral highlights on the rocks? I've been mixing titanium white with burnt sienna/burnt umber for a similar color, but am not happy with the result.
2xreavis Featured By Owner May 23, 2010   Traditional Artist
Hmm I don't really remember, but I haven't been using burnt umber or sienna for a while in favor of using transparent red oxide. Mixing it with ultramarine makes a really dark color pretty similar to burnt umber, and its similar to burnt sienna as is except more transparent and i bit more potent. But even with Trans. Red Oxide, I don't use it very often after a quick monochrome block in. Whenever i used burnt umber on my palette I felt the same as you... they just didn't seem to fit in with everything else.

So the highlights are some combo of yellow ochre, cad red, and ultramarine (and white). Its likely mostly cad red, a little bit of yellow ochre to shift it more towards orange, and then ultramarine to lower its chroma. I like to use a primary palette whenever possible to simplify mixing and make it more unified. Looking back on this one I really wish I didnt throw the turquoise on the top of the mountains.
LG-Young Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010
Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts on this! I'm trying to pare down my palette to primaries, as well (the two caveats being viridian and sap green, as I have trouble mixing greens from scratch due to color vision problems)

I tried Cad red, ultramarine blue, titanium white and a touch of arylide yellow the other day with decent results. I can't seem to find trans red oxide anywhere in the local shops, but have heard it's really good for offsetting overly green landscapes...
2xreavis Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010   Traditional Artist
Yeah I find viridian hard to go without as well, especially when needing to cool down ultramarine as the sky moves to the horizon on a sunny afternoon. Sap green seems a bit easier to omit because I rarely find the need to use a warm green with that much punch, so I usually mix a similar color from ultramarine and a yellow or viridian and a warmer color.
ZaaijerArt Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2010
Excellent painting! Especially considering how small the canvas size is. I love that blue-purple haze in the back ground. That really creates depth. Every brush stroke has a purpose. The perfect balance between too detailed and too loose. Great job!
kiwi-crayon Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010
Love the lighting on the rocks! You really captured their form!

And I love how your brushstrokes give the painting movement even though it's such a still scene. It truly gives the feel of the movement of light in water, which is fitting, considering what you said about "land snorkeling".
celexana Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the composition of this painting with the mountains in the background, and the colors you used for the mountains do blend with the colors of the rocks which are more detailed I notice. Plus, you didn't place the climber a little over to the right instead of the middle... A very nice painting~~
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Jan 29, 2010, 1:01:13 PM