Paint Outback Ranges

A lesson showing how to paint outback ranges in oils or acrylics.

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Paint Outback Ranges

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Let us learn how to paint outback ranges, you can them make up your own arrangements with the few items in this painting exercise.(sky, mountains, grass, trees and a log)

Paint the colors of outback Australia

Any medium can be used, oil, acrylic, water color, pencil, crayon.

While traveling through the North West region of Australia you get the feeling you are on a dried up sea bed, the repetitive mountains go on and on for hundreds of kilometers.
The mountains are flat-top and are all the same height while the semi-desert floor is flat. (In my painting the horizon at ground level is slightly curved over – a bit much I think)
Well known in this area are the blue and purple tones we see in the mountains.
In this painting, my sky is mono-color (Indigo and White).
paint-outback-ranges You may wish to spend more time on the sky as I have rushed through and left some dark streaks near the middle. – The actual color of the sky in this part of Australia can be a very deep, clear Cerulean Blue, fading to the horizon, clouds are rare. When painting your sky, ensure you have a white area along the horizon.

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Keep the horizons low on the painting as this will give you more sky and a greater feeling of wide open spaces. – Do not try and copy my painting exactly, use it as a reference. – The short tutorial video lesson showing how to paint outback ranges.
Tips – the tops of the distant mountains are lower than the closer mountains.
Has a low horizon line so you see the mountains below the nearby trees and not through the top of the nearby trees.

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    1. Hi Georgy – you are learning the brush techniques well
      You need to now think about arrangements.
      With a desert or outback scene we need to show a lot of big open space and we can do this with long paintings and low horizon lines – show a lot more sky and put the mountains further back.
      On all paintings it is important to have dark foreground corners and the foliage needs to be bigger at your feet.
      Not good to have a mountain placed right in the very center of the canvas
      Thanks Georgy
      – I’ll alter your picture


  1. Afternoon Len new painting

  2. Can I submit 10 and 11 to you please No place under your lesson for that

    1. Georgy – I might get the comments happening in 10 and 11 – otherwise. yes put them here

  3. Afternoon Len another one for you input please


    1. Hi Georgy – the distant ground needs to be flat and the horizon low – best to have dark tones of color at the bottom of all paintings to attract the eye into the middle.
      Most important to have dark as well as light in the tree foliage and no tones of the colors in the mountains should be darker than this dark in the foliage. The dark in the foliage is the shadowed bits and the color is grey which is mixed from the red, blue and yellow of the day.
      The trees on the left should not be the same height as they are near and far on flat ground.


  4. G’day my Aussie teacher found you on YouTube and really like your paintings simple and great texture I enjoy doing acrylic as they’re so versatilities you bought up let er dray and repair your oops { I use a hair dryer to speed up the drying oopsies’} You also answered a question and can you use a knife with acrylic? and you answered that one for e and loved come my fear of the knife and making a boo boo.. LOL have great Australian day mate and have one for me//

    Tsgt Neil Wilfong Ret USAF/Army

    1. Thanks Neil
      Was out mending fences for the sheep

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