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How to Paint Mountains

How to Paint Mountains

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The further away the mountain is the paler the tone. Mountains usually fade into a pale blue or grey in the distance.


Tone is most important when painting mountains

This short video is one of three videos on the FREE DOWNLOAD Learning how to paint mountains is similar to learning how to paint waves in the ocean, usually they both become bigger and darker as they come towards you. When possible look at distant mountains and compare their tone to an object near you. The mountain will be a pale tone and the near object will have a deeper tone. If the near object is colored white, it will still have a deeper tone than the distant mountain. (More vibrant).Enjoy this tutorial vioeo showing how to paint mountains in oil or acrylic.
An example of tonal differences can be seen if two red cars are placed, one close to you and one 500 meters away. The near car is bright red; the distant car is faded into a pale crimson or a grey. As a general rule mountains are pale blue in the distance, moving through purple and into grey as they become closer. Do not put a grey or purple mountain behind a blue mountain. Try to arrange the shape of your mountains so they slope into the picture, this will help attract the viewers eye.
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by Len Hend

Updated: February 27, 2015 — 3:14 pm

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  1. Thanks for putting up these fantastic videos Len. I enjoyed trying to paint watching your videos with my mum when I was young and now I am enjoying showing my children your clips while they start to enjoy painting, I think they are fantastic!

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