Mountain scenery St. Anton/ Arlberg - watercolour painting from Anna Zadorozhnaya

Idea: By creating this painting, I wanted to capture very quick, but unforgettable time, when there is the beginning of sunset in the mountains, the sky is coloured in yellow and rose shades, and all peaks show their power and beauty before plunging into darkness.

You will need:

  • HORADAM® AQUARELL watercolours (in tubes) in Naples Yellow (229), Cadmium Red Orange (348), Rose Madder (356), Transparent Brown (648), Phthalo Sapphire Blue (477), Cobalt Blue Hue (486), Ultramarine finest (494), Sepia Brown (663), Indigo (485), Titanium opaque white (101)
  • Paper: Saunders Waterford Extra White 300 g/m2, grainfin, 100% cotton, 28x38 cm
  • Brushes: round large squirrel brush, round goat brush, synthetic brush with sharp tip
  • Masking tape
  • Paper towels
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Clean water
  • Reference photo

                            Photo from St. Anton/ Arlberg as a pattern

                            Step 1

                            The first step is the preparation: Apply the masking tape o nall four edges, get all the materials, brushes, clean water and towels near, splash your watercolours with the clean water to be soft and ready for painting.


                            Step 2

                            Do a pre-sketch. It should not be very detailed - just the edges of the peaks would be enough.


                            Step 3

                            Begin with the sky: carefully wet the paper in the sky areawith the clean water and apply the watercolour. The violetgrey colour of the sky is made with cobalt blue hue mixed with cadmium orange, the bottom part of sunset - with Naples yellow and rose madder, the splashes of blue sky in the centre - with phthalo sapphire blue. To make it more realistic add a drop of rose madder to the upper part in thegrey wash. After finishing the wash dry the paper - youcan do it either with hair dryer or naturally by waiting.


                            Step 4

                            Start working with the base colour of the snow - I've chosen a mix of ultramarine and cadmium red orange in distant mountains. Approaching to the nearest mountain, the colourused here is the previous mix of ultramarine and cadmiumred orange with a little cobalt blue and rose madder. The closest peak, covered with snow, should remain just white paper.


                            Step 5

                            Now begin painting the rocks and shadows on the distant mountains. For these rocks the colour is a mix of ultramarine and indigo. Than use the same colour for just a few dots on the tops of the far mountains to create the feeling of shadows. For this part, you can also use the dry-brush technique.




                            Step 6

                            Now move to the stones in closer mountain range. The technique is the same, the colours here are mix of indigo and sepia.


                            Step 7

                            And again, use this technique with closest peaks and stones, the color here is pure sepia.


                            Step 8

                            Work with the closest peak, covered with snow. The snow would be just white paper, so it's critically important not to cover it all with any color - just paint a little shadow on the snow in the left edge with mix of ultramarine and cadmiumred orange. The big rocks are painted with mix of sepia and transparent brown. After you paint this, cover all of your work excluding this white area, with useless or unnecessary sheet of paper and splash the watercolour with the same colour. Let it dry naturally - if you use hair dryer on this step, dots of paint can crawl away.


                            Step 9

                            Look on your painting, on reference photo and notice the places here that you want to modify. I've added some more dark spots and used opaque white in some places to create more interesting image.


                            Step 10

                            Get off the masking tape. Voila!