Sunday, January 10, 2010

Misty Mountain Sunrise -- Acrylic



This was inspired by a photo of blue mountains early in the morning when it's just beginning to get light . One day last year I finally sat down and painted this photo. This was done with wet on wet technique using acrylic paint  at one sitting. I have tried several times before to paint various different mountains photos using the wet on wet technique. This is the first one that worked where the mountains and colors came out decent. However, when I first painted it I did not like it. When I sat it aside and came back to it a couple of months later I liked it then.

30 comments:

  1. Very nice! That happens to me too. Putting something away for a while often helps. Then when you look at it again it's with fresh eyes.

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  2. Very pretty--I especially like the misty look of the distant hills. I also find it useful to come back to my drawings after a time--I either like them better or see problems with perspective that I couldn't see at the time--a good way to learn and improve.

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  3. Nice colors. Reminds me of Milton Avery.

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  4. Oh, this is wonderful. I love the way these mountains look. I have a half finished take on a postcard in one of my sketchbooks. I may have to dig it out and finish it. But it can't compare to this one.

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  5. I can sense the depth and distance wonderfully!

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  6. Funny, when I look at my own art with fresh eyes, I often find everything wrong with it. So, it's extra nice when you see that you like it instead!

    I love the depth of this piece. I can see what drew you in to paint it!

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  7. So good to "meet" you, Ramona. Thank you for finding my blog and leaving a comment. In turn, I was able to find your work. It is so pretty, all of it! Took a gander at your painting blog and am awed by the variety of your work. I think it is all quite beautiful indeed! I am a grandmother too, though can't quite fathom how THAT happened! LOLOL

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  8. I love the flow of these older, more rounded Eastern mountain ranges. They pull you into them. Well done.

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  9. Wonderful sense of depth in this painting, and I love the colors! nancy

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  10. It sure has a lot of depth to it. Actually, it reminds me of some mountains off to the distance as I drive I-40 from Arizona to California. Your picture gives me a sense of space, like there is plenty of it!

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  11. This is such a cool and calm piece :) I could totally imagine it being right in front of me. Gosh I miss those road trips in highlands my dad used to bring us whenever we're little!
    It's really good to be back, especially when you're being greeted with so many virtual hugs and warmth!

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  12. It was lovely to find your comment. The landscape is really nice, it has a dream like quality. It is good to see again with fresh eyes.

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  13. I saw this scene from my very own eyes in Oct last year and it was breath-taking! So i was mighty surprised to see your painting which reminded me of that trip! Thank you Ramona for this beautiful atmospheric acrylic!
    Also thanks for commenting on my blog. I wouldnt have found you and your beautiful work.

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  14. Hi Ramona, your painting inspires a peaceful state of mind. Thanks for the comment, and I look forward to sketching and posting more often.

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  15. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment (I'm off to find your other blog mentioned above :-) ) ... in the meantime, I wanted to say that I can actually feel the distance, looking at this. Nicely done.

    Difference between you and me is that if I had brought it out later, I would still have found something to criticize. I'm very hard on my own work. :-)

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  16. Hi Ramona,
    I think you did a great job with these mountains, the colors are fading away so nicely. Why do mountains look blue (they always do)?
    Thanks for your sweet comment, hope to see you soon again :)
    Carolina

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  17. It is very calming and relaxing.
    A very good idea to let time pass and have a second look.

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  18. This has real impact - nice work, Ramona.

    Thanks for paying me a visit and your kind comment. x

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  19. What a lovely vista!

    Thank you for stopping by my 'studio.'
    :)

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  20. Hi Ramona, what a lovely painting! I really like your use of colour. For me the piece also has a sense of 'mood' about it that adds interest. You have picked a wonderful view to capture.

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  21. Hi Ramona. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment on my blog.

    I'm glad that in the end you decided that you liked this painting. I certainly do! I particularly like how the farthest mountains have that misty look to them - it reminds me of the Appalachians.

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  22. Thanks for stopping by my blog - I've enjoyed looking back at some of your art. Your Tuscany one is my favorite so far! I'll keep checking back. These mountains look like a photo I saw a few years back - I thought the photo was a fake at first because I didn't know it could look like that. Those mountains are beautiful!

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  23. Awesome job balancing just the right amount of contrast and subtle hue changes to create the perfect mountainscape atmosphere! This scene reminds me of the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. I tried photographing a moment-before-dawn scene like this and can appreciate how tricky the light can be to work with. In my case, I never even posted the photo on Flickr.

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  24. I love your mountains!!!! Reminds me of ours around here. Thanks for dropping by my site and leaving a sweet comment. Have a great Sunday...I'll be back!

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  25. Oh yeah, the atmospheric qualities really make the mountains pop! It is such a relaxing painting. Makes me want to pull up a chair and stare at it!

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  26. Nice work:)Love the shades of blue...

    Thanks for your comment in my blog:)

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  27. Beautiful - very real! Reminds of my trip to North Carolina and the visit to Grandfather mountains...

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  28. Beautiful blues - very atmospheric indeed.

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  29. I like the abstract quality of this Ramona.

    Thxs for stopping by my blog.

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