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Many artists long to paint mountains - to capture their grandeur, their character, and perhaps their tranquility. This practical book explains the key elements of portraying their magnificence and also advises how to reproduce the magic of a scene. With step-by-step instructions and clear, detailed advice throughout, it guides the painter through the techniques so you can express your own vision of the mountains and capture one of the greatest scenes of the natural landscape. The author's deep understanding and love of the mountains shine through the text and the paintings.
Advice on choosing mediums, brushes, and surfaces, and using a limited color palette both for en plein air and studio painting
Incorporates different features of the mountainscape – crags, slopes, rocks, lakes, woodland, cottages, animals, and figures – to add life and interest to a painting
Captures the transient and often dramatic effects of light on the mountain landscape, including the special magic of sunsets
Injects mood into a painting, from the excitement of a sublime storm to a sense of peace and refuge
Specific advice on painting sky, water, and trees, and tips on using them in an effective composition
Step-by-step, illustrated and detailed exercises show how to work down from the sky to the foreground, add detail, enrich hues, and increase the contrast between light and shade
About the Author
Eileen Clark is a leading mountain artist known for her ethereal paintings of the Lake District. She has worked for the last 25 years on both commissions and producing paintings for gallery exhibition, latterly in the prestigious Beckstones Gallery, near Penrith. Working on canvas and board, she concentrates on capturing the ever-changing moods of the landscape and is particularly inspired by the timeless quality of the mountains.