7 Stages of a Mountain Range


After painting a lot of seascapes and water-based motives lately, I decided ut was time to enter the mountains. So I did some searching on the internet, and got inspired by this painting by Kevin Hill, called “The Lonely Barn”.

So for a start, I began by drawing in some outlines on the canvas.


Next, I started to paint in the skyline, by using a mix of sky blue, titanium white and a dash of ivory black to get a grey skyline. I used my fingers to get the first layer of paint on, and then a filbert brush to pain in the clouds with a mix of titanium white and some grey mix from the first layer.

For the mountain I used a mix of ivory black, umbra nature and titanium white, and scraped the paint on by using a pelette knife.


Next, I started to put some snow on the mountain using titanium white for the snow in sunlight and a mix of titanium white, sky blue and ultramarine blue for the snow in the shadowed parts. To get it on the canvas I used a palette knife, sliding the paint lightly down the surface.


To paint in the grassy fields below, and the grass in the foreground, I made different colours mixed together by yellow ochre, sap green, cadmium yellow and titanium white, painting it in with a filbert brush, a fan brush and a flat brush. I also made some tree trunks to work on later on.


It was now time to start painting in the baseline of the old barn, using a mix of umbra nature, burnt sienna, ivory black, yellow ochre and pyrole red. For the roof I used ivory black and titanium white. I first used a palette knife to try and scrape the paint on, in an attempt to get a wood-like feel on it. It did not work very well, so I went over to using a flatbrush, dragging the paint on vertically.


After the groundwork on the barn, I started working on the trees. The problem was, I soon found out, that the paint did´nt stick right to the canvas. The reason was the paint lying behind on the mountains and the grassy fields. It all ended in a blur of colours. So, to my frustration, I decided to let it dry a cuple of days before continuing further.

Being back at it a few days later, I painted in the trees using a mix of sap green and ivory black, highlighting it with a mix of sap green, cadmium yellow and titanium white. To make the barn look more “woody”, I used a mix of burnt sienna and ivory black, highlighting the wood with a mix of titanium white and burnt sienna.


After finishing the barn, I painted in some bushes and trees in front, and a dirt road in the foreground to make some depth.

I also made the trees and the grass in the foreground a bit darker, by painting in a mix using more of sap green and ivory black, to try and get the light more correctly. To highlight the bushes and trees I used a round brush.

It took about 10 hours in total, and all in all I think it went fairly well.


A Basic Coastline

After buying a set of small canvases, I wanted to practice some more on my shorelines. After three hours, this is how it ended up:


For the rocks I used a palette knife, painting in a base colour of ivory black and ultramarine blue, and some highlights using titanium white, umbra nature and yellow ochre. For the sea I used ultramarine blue, turquoise blue, titanium white and some ivory black.

To paint in the wave I used a fan brush and a flat brush, dragging the paint into a falling motion.

All in all it was a fun session, but there is still a lot to work on in future attempts.

Painting birch trees

After painting my first palette knife painting last week, I wanted to try the technique in a different setting. So I decided to paint some birch trees, using a mix of ivory black, titanium white, sap green, yellow ochre and burnt sienna. Basically by scraping in the colours of the trees in turn. This is how it ended up:

All in all I think it turned out ok. The colours work pretty good, but the trees themselves could have ended up looking more realistic. It can probably be improved by using the knife in a better way, so this will for sure not be my last attempt at it.


First Palette knife painting

I have used palette knifes a lot lately. But mostly as a tool to scrape mountains onto the canvas, and try to put some snow on them. Primarily by using the Bob Ross-method, as shown in this Youtube-clip.

As I was struggling with a mountain painting, I ending up painting over the whole canvas with some black paint in frustration. Just to let all my trubles disappear. and let it lie there to dry for a couple of days. When I picked up the pencils again, I decided it might be time to try and use my palette knifes in a different way.

I had decided to try to paint a boat in some ruff, dark sea. I looked at some tutorial videos on how to do it, but I didn´t really master the techniques. So in the end, I turned it all off, and just had a go at it with my knives.

After painting in the skyline with some brushes, I carved in the outlines of the boat. I then made som different colors to use on the bow and stern, and the sails. Except for starting out with a black canvas, and the clouded skyline, all the painting is “scraped” on to the canvas with knives.

With the sails I used a long knife, and just made a curved motion with some titanium white paint on it. Much like painting a waterfall. On the bow and stern, I used short, diagonal motions with the knife, different colors on different parts of it. All of them combined by the colors umbra nature, ivory black and titanium white.

The sea is painted on by using half circle strokes with sky blue, ultramarine blue, titanium white and emerald green.

This is how it looked:


It was a really fun experience, and I will definitely try it again soon.

A Recap

I just got aware that it´s now been about two years since I painted my very first painting. So I decided to have a look back, a little recap of the results i have ended up with. Some were positive, some were very much negative. A lot of them so negative that it didn´t even end up on this site at all…

Anyway, as I was in the prosess of looking up old paintings, I thought I just as well might have some fun with it. So I made a short video, to see my development from the start until today. This is how it looked:

Quiet beach

As winter is slowly emerging, I thought it nice to paint a summer painting. I wanted to use some light and bright colors, to create a positive mood. This is how it turned out:


I`ve been struggling with rock formations earlier, but these ones I am quite pleased with. The sky and sea is also fairly good, I think.

It still does not look a 100 percent realistic, but all in all I am really pleased with this one.

Sunset flying

I wanted to try out some new colors for a change, and decided that a sunset painting might be the way to go. So i picked up some red, yellow, white and black, and had a go at it.

First I painted the background, with a clean orange canvas and a bright sun in the middle of it. After I had let it dry, I decided to try to paint in some clouds.

I think I got a little ahead of myself though, becouse the red colors for the clouds came out way to strong, and the brush I used were probably way to big. So it all ended up more like clots of paint then nice, smooth, clouds or fog.


Anyway, I at least got to paint some silhouettes, which was one of mye goals for this one. I had decide to go with a flying goose in the senter of the painting, in front of the sun, and all in all the I think the goose itself turned out quite nice.

The problem is just the rest of the painting, but I guess it has some charm in the way it lookes really home made.

The black «fog» at the bottom of the painting is actually a go I had at another goose, flying right under the first one. But as it turned out quite bad, I dragged it out using a paint brush, to look more like a dark cloud.