Mountain Majesties

You can’t have “mountain majesties” without purple!


I really enjoyed doing this one. There are issues with it, but I was pleased with the sky and I enjoyed the color gradations. I may work on a value scale tomorrow. I’d like to improve the tonal values in my paintings.

The inspiration for this painting was a painting of the Blue Ridge Mountains that I found on p. 15 of “The Art of Perspective” (which I really need to spend more time reading!).Β  That area will always hold a special place in my life and heart, as it hosted (part of) our honeymoon and also our 25th anniversary.

I wish each of you a happy, peaceful, majestic Sunday. Walk in yellow light.

71 thoughts on “Mountain Majesties

  1. I love the North Carolina Mountains along the Blue Ridge Parkway. This is a great little painting. A little practice on value scale is always worth doing. I find I am constantly in need of practice there in whatever medium I play with. Keep up the good fun.

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      1. For honeymoon and 25th, Virginia….but vacations, North Carolina. It is soooo beautiful! Hope we go for our 35th! Your work does it justice! Makes me feel as if I’m there. {sigh}. πŸ’•

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        1. Haven’t in quite a few years, but your painting wants me to pack my suitcase and say, “road trip”! I’m ready! One day…
          It’s not a bad place to hang your hat!…..haha

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  2. This looks beautiful, Laura!!! Love the light and atmosphere in it!!! CanΒ΄t wait to walk in yellow light, but I think I have to wait for the evening – itΒ΄s still too hot to leave the house… You have a majestic sunday too!!! πŸŒžπŸ’•

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    1. Thank you, Ann!! I’m so glad you like it!! I ordered Charles Reid’s landscape DVD today…..he paints on the British coast, in Suffolk. I can’t wait. That subscription service doesn’t have access to that one. But I’m hoping I can so seascapes after watching!! Do you ever paint the sea?

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      1. Not really until now, I find it quite hard and challenging… My attempts looked always only quite boring, donΒ΄t know why… But itΒ΄s a good idea, IΒ΄ll try that after the Draw-A-Bird-Day birdies!

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  3. Oh Laura. You made it look so effortless. I am so impressed with the way you are tackling this and learning about depth and tone. I must study more. I just slap paint down. Not very respectful of the art. πŸ˜•. I am learning more with your journey. Thank you.

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    1. Jodi, first of all, thank you. Secondly, I knew nothing at the beginning either! (Haha I still know very little.) Honestly, I think you have an innate gift for watercolor. (And I didn’t; I’ve painted a lot, though, which of course helps with anything) Anyway….you get some time and practice under your belt, and you will be a force to be reckoned with in watercolor. That’s my divine prediction of the day, lol. πŸ’œ

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        1. Well, and you should be playing, because if it felt like work, you wouldn’t wanna do it as much, and you probably would lose some of your looseness, which IMO is key. You don’t wanna lose that. I’m glad you’re having fun with it. And as Jill always says, your fun will come through to us in your artwork. ❀

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    1. Thank you! You wouldn’t believe how easy that is to do. If every painting were like this one, I think I could make a go at this. If you google “blue ridge mountains watercolor youtube”, you’ll find a tutorial that’s about 7 minutes long that shows how easy that mist is to do! I had no idea. And it really does look like the mist in those mountains. Youtube is great.

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  4. Beautiful scene Laura – you give us wonderful distance as you balanced the values and moved us to the back mountain range. Real nice play on purples and magenta, with awesome cool blues in the sky. Gorgeous work on the clouds – great way to start my day.

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    1. Not yet, Jill, this is about 4 or 5″ square. Getting there, though lol! I’m glad you like it. I wound up being happy with it too. I really like the purple to show the mountains vs. the blue. I just love purple. The sky turned out great, I think it was another watercolor “happy accident”, but hey, I’ll take it! Looking for more happy accidents in the future! πŸ˜€

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  5. I think I like this one better too…the extra layers and fading give it more depth. Although I like texture on the mountains of the newer one a lot too. It’s good to try the same thing different ways and compare.

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    1. Thank you, I should probably do that! I did run across the first watercolor painting I ever did today, and that was pre-blog, so you can imagine, lol. I was a true novice when I started. It is pretty cool. I think anything that you decide to do each day – you’re bound to get better at it. Thankfully, lol! 😊


  6. the sky on this is very very good. I’d say do more just like or in the same free loose feeling! πŸ™‚ also, your tonal value sequence and structure in the painting is really good, from back to front the tones are progressively getting darker. Great!!

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    1. Thanks, Debi! I do like this one the best of the mountain scenes I’ve done so far. I’m practicing skies, trying to improve, and did something of a skyscape tonight that will post in about eight hours. There’s just a bit of mountain at the bottom of that one. I’m feeling more comfortable with getting depth with tonal contrast, but I’d like to add perhaps a straggly tree to these scenes for a bit more interest. Trees are a bit much right now, but the good news is I can always add a tree to a painting when I’m better at trees! Thanks as always for your feedback.

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