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My Travel Paintings - Washington Pass Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

My Travel Paintings - Washington Pass Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

Peaks, Spires and a Ridgeline Covered with Snow. On the original image I posted here on Flickr (www.flickr.com/photos/14723335@N05/38672370244/in/album-7...), I commented on standing at Washington Pass Overlook while in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest and savoring the views and cool temperatures...and loving it! But it was an uncertain stop that I have to thank the friend I was with for wanting to go further on Washington State Route 20 in the North Cascades mountains. To think I might have missed taking in views of these rugged mountains...lucky me!

As for the digital painting, I continued to practice more in using broader paint brush strokes like I'd seen in a Bob Ross video and watching another painter friend of mine. General highlights I worked on was with a Kyle acrylic brush. I like the digital effect it created as it seemingly had texture to it and not the smoothed over look other brushes have. I could then decrease the brush size for more precision in other area. I used more of Kyle’s Rakes - Zen Grind brush for the trees going up the mountainside. Work that I wouldn't call my favorite one but good enough to convey some changes in color and hue to create a sense of relief across the mountain. Could I have spent more time and added more detailed view of trees? Yes, but I was attempting to paint a quicker style and not spend weeks like I had in the past. What I did like was using a blend in colors as it produced a much better look than the typical Normal blend. The last area that really took a while to get the right look was with the clouds. In my mind, I knew the brush stroke I wanted but couldn't get that look on the digital canvas. I decided on using a Kyle's Dry Media -Compressed Charcoal and then adjusting the blend mode produced the closest result. What I found worked best was to brush out the brighter white area. I could then darken the hue, adding a shade feel to a portion of the clouds next to that brighter white area. I would blend at the edges. I would repeat that with an even darker area next to that. I would repeat all that again in another portion of the clouds. There's still some work to do, but I like the result more with feel of clouds. The last area was my continuing work with blue skies and adding a watercolor brush on top to break up and not have that smooth sky look.

In the left foreground of the painting, you'll find that stick figure image of me "hiking" with my Cubbies hat, loving my time exploring the North Cascade mountains of Washington :-)

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Photo taken on 30 September 2018 (© thor_mark  / Flickr)

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