Gray Ridge

Fri 08 January 2021

This is my first painting in a long while. I used white and black paint only for this which made it easy to mix compatible colors but harder to distinguish different elements on the canvas.

Painting of a snowy ridge with a tree in the foreground

I also practiced a receding ridge line in this painting, as seen previously in Northern California Coast at Night. If you look at any Bob Ross painting you'll notice the hills and mountains are totally perpendicular to the viewer. They never look along a valley or along a ridge or anything like that. This makes them simple to paint but it's really limiting if you want to recreate real places. To make the ridge recede into the distance I used light values in the distance and gradually darkened it coming forward, while also increasing the size and detail of the textures as I worked towards the foreground.

The big tree was originally going to be some kind of evergreen which is why the trunk is so straight.

Previous Posts

Thu 04 July 2019

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Sat 18 August 2018

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Thu 05 July 2018

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Mon 27 November 2017

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Sat 22 April 2017

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Wed 15 March 2017

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Sun 29 January 2017

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Sat 05 November 2016
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Sat 21 November 2015

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Wed 11 November 2015
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