Happy Little Mountains.

Posted: January 20th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Art | Comments Off

I’d say my love for the rockies reflects my love of being Canadian.  I tried to paint them once before, but they looked a bit off.

For my second attempt, I did a few things differently:

1. I painted on a ‘clear canvas’ (big sheet of plexiglass) so that it would feel like the mountains were painted directly on the wall. I like playing with materials, purely because I can. Next time, i’ll be  painting on on aluminum.

2. I watched a whole bunch of videos by Bob Ross. I used to come home after school and catch a few minutes of his show before my brother made me change it. He’s the happiest and softest spoken man I’ve ever listened to. I read that he used to be a drill sergeant, I can’t picture that at all.

3. I went bigger. Bigger surface, bigger paint tubes, bigger palette knife. Real mountains are huge, I wanted to respect that.

4. I took my time. Something like this could easily be done in under an hour. I decidedly looked for light and dark areas and forced some perspective that I didn’t have in the first version.

This attempt was much more successful. I would have kept it (shockingly – I always give my art away), but instead I donated it to a student auction for charity. I’ll be making more of these giant rocks in the future, hopefully they can be another addition to the ‘originals’ section of my Etsy store.




Update: Below is my 3rd attempt at this wonderfully fulfilling style. No brushes, just a palette knife. I made this one for my dad.


Acrylic on a glass float frame.


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