Painting Grass on the Golden Eagle in Kodar Mountains Artwork

Painting Grass on the Golden Eagle in Kodar Mountains Artwork

Painting Grass on the Golden Eagle in Kodar Mountains Artwork – This post explains how I painted the grass in the shadow and the grass in the sunlight using gouache paint that is waterdown and a thin liner brush.

All paints used are gouache. I began by painting a base coat of black. Specifically, I used Jet Black from Windsor & Newton. Jet Black is generally the most opaque and cooler of Windsor ∓ Newton blacks. Ivory Black is not as opaque and warmer in color than Jet Black. For the base (darkest) grass color I mixed Permanent Green Deep, Jet Black, Permanent White and Pthalo Blue. Because I’m painting blades of grass with a liner brush (Windsor & Newton Regency Gold 540 Series #1), I water the gouache paint more than usual. This allows for thinner paint strokes which is what you need when painting thousands of blades of grass.

Finally, I add the highlights to the grass. These are the tips of the blades of grass that the sun hits first during sunrise, or last if it’s a sunset you’re painting. For the color of the highlights, I mix Cadmium Yellow Pale with Permanent White. If I want to give the impression of an early sunrise or late sunset, I’ll add orange or a red to the highlight color. Oranges and reds or more prevalent before sunrise or just after sunset.

Painting Grass on the Golden Eagle in Kodar Mountains Artwork

Painting Grass on the Golden Eagle in Kodar Mountains Artwork

Painting Grass on the Golden Eagle in Kodar Mountains Artwork

Painting Grass on the Golden Eagle in Kodar Mountains Artwork

Painting Grass on the Golden Eagle in Kodar Mountains Artwork

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Painting Grass on the Golden Eagle in Kodar Mountains Artwork

Painting Mountains on the Golden Eagle painting

Golden Eagle Painting Mountains

Painting Mountains on the Golden Eagle painting (Живопись горы на Беркута живописи) – Now I will paint the mountains in the background that will be the Kodar Mountains (Кодар Горы). After painting the sky, I transfer the original pencil drawing onto the painted sky by way of a homemade carbon paper. Because I want the mountains to “go back”, and look far away from the things in the foreground and middle distance, I add the same blues from the sky to the colors of the mountains. This gives them that far away look like they are as distant as the sky.

For the dark sides of the mountains, I take the darkest shades of the blue sky colors, (cyan blue mixed with pthalo blue and very little white) and use these colors. For the sun lit side of the mountains, I take Windsor & Newton Cadmium Yellow Pale and mix it with some white and the lightest sky blue color (cyan with white). To give it an early sunrise or sunset look, add some orange. I believe the brush I was using was a Windsor & Newton #2 Regency Gold 520.

Painting Mountains on the Golden Eagle painting