Mt Rainer - Evening

by Barbara
(Granbury, TX, USA)

Mt Rainer Watercolor 1/1/08

Mt Rainer Watercolor 1/1/08

I've posted the same view, daytime done in Acrylics, on the site as well for comments. This one is in my favorite medium - watercolor.

My son loves Mt. Rainer, WA and he is being transferred in February to Northern Calif. He asked for this painting to remind him of his goal to hike to the summit next year. I've been working on it since August when I saw the mountain myself while visiting and it has captured my imagination and my paint brushes since then!

I really like the softness that the watercolor allowed. It's early evening and the softness on the snow is right on. I like the way the trees darken more on the right hand side...showing light from the left. I have a bit of the mountain peak in the water - would really like more when I do the final version.

This is on 140 lb cold press paper. It's about 6x9. I've painted for my pleasure and family gifts for several years but have decided I want to grow and improve and the only way to do that right now - is post and ask for comments and suggestions.

Thank you for looking - Happy Painting!

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by: Mary

the trees , water and reflections are awesome . But I had to google mt rainer to understand what you did with the mountain . It's a tough mountain to capture . for the few rock faces that are one that side of the mountain I would use a purple to bring them out .

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by: Angeline, the Netherlands

Hi Barbara,

I like the colours of your painting. I think this one, evening, is the best of the two.

As Mt. Rainer is a very large and wide mountain, I suggest to turn the paper horizontally, than you can paint the flank and the foot of the mountain too.

Also I think the mountain can use more contrast and shadows of the ridges.

But it's a very good try. Good luck with the large painting.


by: Dorothy , Carluke

Hi Barbara,

You have done well with this painting I like both of them but since you are about to enter a competition I think perhaps you should have a go at describing the crags of this mountain. If you Google "David Bellamy" you will see what I mean. David is a British artist who includes a lot mountain peaks in his work. Looking at his work will be far more helpful to you than anything I could say.

Good luck with the competition hope you do well,



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