For this painting, I decided to go large, so this is my largest painting thus far. It is on a 20x24 canvas.
I wanted to go outside of my comfort level and test my skills a little. I wasn't disappointed. My husband and I love Alaska. We love the wilderness and untouched beauty of the state. We have taken two cruises here and have even looked into relocating to Alaska. I wanted to try painting the Margerie Glacier. My reference image is this one:
Which I found on google images. I do not own any rights to this picture at all and do not pretend to.
I started with the sky first. I wasn't worried about the background mountains as much since I new I could paint them in at any time.
I added the basic blocks of color so I could visualize the areas before I add any details I added the blocks of colors in laters and really built up the textures and levels of different colors.
After a few layers of basic colors, I decided to build up the Glacier. This was actually fun. I used the Pallet knife more than I ever have in the past. It was my favorite part on the painting.
After Building up the glacier details, I moved on to the mountains around the glacier. This was challenging for my. It was the first time I've tried to build up hill sides. You will see the textures and colors change throughout the pictures because I wasn't happy with them.
The snow covered mountains were fun to do. I used the pallet knife to spread out the white coloring and I feel it was the best tool to use for this. It gave it that jagged and sharp look you would expect to see with sharp mountains.
I was very happy with how the painting was turning out. I didn't want to continue because I feared I would ruin it if I kept going.
Once I felt the details in the mountains and hill sides were good, I moved on to the last hill side and clouds. I used the pallet knife for these parts as well.
After finishing up the clouds and hillside, it was time to add a few details to the water and bring out the clouds just a little more. I used a brush to kind of dry brush in some white to give it that foggy look around the clouds and make the mass puffy-er...like a fluffy cloud.
I really like how this painting turned out and I am very glad that I went outside of my comfort zone to try this. It doesn't match the original picture, but that is ok. Its still beautiful and still captures the untamed beauty of Alaska and the Margerie Glacier.
I have a wall hook on the back and it is wall ready!
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