Watch how this Challenging Mountain Painting Grew Layer by Layer

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"Allure Wanaka (NZ)" by Rebecca Collett. Subject: Lake Wanaka with lake and pebble beach in foreground, and a snow covered Mount Alta in the background. Colours: dark blue, white and dark brown Media: Acrylic paint on professional canvas. Size: 36" x 48"x1", 92x122cm. Original for sale

“Allure, Wanaka NZ” is the biggest and most challenging painting I’ve undertaken to date.

 

In the progress photos below you can see the very distinct and varied painting techniques that were used to achieve the different elements and textures in this painting. The contrasts between the snow covered mountains, pebble beach and bare winter trees, begin strongly, but by the end they work together and there is a softening.

A combination of brushes and palette knives were used.

Before the individual landscape elements were added, the gentle gradient in the background was painted to provide a transition from sky to lake. This backdrop also allows for a cohesion through the whole painting, as the moody blue filters through the mountains, peddles and tree branches.

Look at the steps below. As each layer was added, I found it drew me further in; I was absorbed. I could feel the crisp air blowing down from the mountains and across Lake Wanaka. My body became pleasantly weary from the exertion.

Can you feel yourself standing on the shore of Lake Wanaka? You can read more about this painting here.

"Allure Wanaka (NZ)" by Rebecca Collett. Subject: Lake Wanaka with lake and pebble beach in foreground, and a snow covered Mount Alta in the background. Colours: dark blue, white and dark brown Media: Acrylic paint on professional canvas. Size: 36" x 48"x1", 92x122cm. Original for sale
#1 Payne's Grey for the sky and lake.
"Allure Wanaka (NZ)" by Rebecca Collett. Subject: Lake Wanaka with lake and pebble beach in foreground, and a snow covered Mount Alta in the background. Colours: dark blue, white and dark brown Media: Acrylic paint on professional canvas. Size: 36" x 48"x1", 92x122cm. Original for sale
#2 The mountains appear, solid in the in-between.
"Allure Wanaka (NZ)" by Rebecca Collett. Subject: Lake Wanaka with lake and pebble beach in foreground, and a snow covered Mount Alta in the background. Colours: dark blue, white and dark brown Media: Acrylic paint on professional canvas. Size: 36" x 48"x1", 92x122cm. Original for sale
#3 A pebble beach to soften the mountain slopes.
"Allure Wanaka (NZ)" by Rebecca Collett. Subject: Lake Wanaka with lake and pebble beach in foreground, and a snow covered Mount Alta in the background. Colours: dark blue, white and dark brown Media: Acrylic paint on professional canvas. Size: 36" x 48"x1", 92x122cm. Original for sale
#4 ...and the pebbles multiply, drawing us in.
"Allure Wanaka (NZ)" by Rebecca Collett. Subject: Lake Wanaka with lake and pebble beach in foreground, and a snow covered Mount Alta in the background. Colours: dark blue, white and dark brown Media: Acrylic paint on professional canvas. Size: 36" x 48"x1", 92x122cm. Original for sale
#5 The bare winter trees rise, strong yet fragile.
"Allure Wanaka (NZ)" by Rebecca Collett. Subject: Lake Wanaka with lake and pebble beach in foreground, and a snow covered Mount Alta in the background. Colours: dark blue, white and dark brown Media: Acrylic paint on professional canvas. Size: 36" x 48"x1", 92x122cm. Original for sale
#6 All the elements - earth, air, water, and the fire within.
"Allure Wanaka (NZ)" by Rebecca Collett. Subject: Lake Wanaka with lake and pebble beach in foreground, and a snow covered Mount Alta in the background. Colours: dark blue, white and dark brown Media: Acrylic paint on professional canvas. Size: 36" x 48"x1", 92x122cm. Original for sale

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