Paint Blue Mountains

Follow the tutorial and paint blue mountains in this simple scene, easy and fun.

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Paint Blue Mountains

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In this Paint Blue Mountains monochrome painting exercise we use many different tones of the same color

It is important to keep the different tones in there respective order.
The darker toned mountain must be placed in front of the paler toned mountain.
Learning how to paint mountains is a good way to learn tones as in nature mountains are usually tones of blue.
Keep some very white tones in the lower sky area.

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Keep your mountains pale.
Keep your foreground dark.
Wipe your brush clean often.
Do not try to hide your brushstrokes.
This scene may be painted in any deep color and white.
No need to copy the example exactly.
View this tutorial video lesson showing how to paint mountains in blue.

When painting this picture you may wish to think about the common mistakes being made by students.

  • The white in the distant sky should be pure white and blending the sky is not important, the white is important.
  • Don’t make the mountains all the same shape.
  • Don’t allow the mountain sides to become vertical.
  • Keep the mountains pale so that the closet and darkest mountain is still pale compared to the foreground.
  • Let the foreground trees stretch up through the top of the painting so that the foliage can hang down into the top of the painting.
  • Have plenty of pure dark blue in the tree trunks, foliage, rocks, branches and corners of the painting.
  • And remember, you are better to paint another picture than to spend time trying to fix mistakes.
  • This painting also looks excellent in oils or acrylics using the two colors, black and white. Go To Paint in full color

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    by Len Hend


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  1. Hi Georgy – this is very good
    You have copied the example painting almost exactly and there are faults with the example
    Not good to have vacant spaces up the edges and the middle closed with foliage
    With your brush work – try for more dark and less white on the brush when painting foregrounds.
    I’ll change the image and you can see what it would look like.
    Try also to show foliage on the far side of trees.
    Trunks should be more kinked than curved
    Well done and thanks for showing.


    1. Georgy – ignore the swirls, computer did that.
      This is a better arrangement for both yours and the example
      Still could have less foliage in the middle

  2. My painting done . could not paint for some time hope to start monday again


    1. Afternoon from South Africa. Thanks Len can see mistakes now Will do changes now

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