Anyone can paint this beautiful scene of an eagle soaring over the mountains, anyone. When you break it down into steps it's easy. And since most of the products come from Lowe's, it's affordable too!
Craft and chip brushes from Lowe's. A flexible putty knife or a painters knife for mountains and tree trunks.
A bucket with a floor drain and thinner is an easy way to clean your brushes while you paint. Simply drag them across the grate, and shake out in a second bucket.
Mix up white with the linseed oil and cover the entire canvas with a THIN, even coat. This will allow all the colors to blend together on your canvas.
On the first paper plate, load your dark colors, - blue, black, brown, and crimson. On the other plate, load your light colors - yellow, yellow-green, and bright red.
On your third plate, add a generous amount of titanium white. You will use it all.
Start with your sky by adding an small, even amount of blue to a large chip brush. Work your way down from the top with small X patterns. When done, blend with light horizontal strokes.
Load a clean chip brush with some titanium white with the tiniest amount of bright red. Scrub in horizontal clouds across the sky, then soften with a clean chip brush with light horizontal strokes.
Mix white with a little blue and red to create a rock color. Load an even amount on the tip of your knife and head to the canvas. This is the fun part!
Find a spot in your blue sky to make your mountain. Push and scrape the paint onto the canvas with sharp, rocky strokes. Think of what the peaks and valleys might look like as you go.
When your mountain range is complete, grab a clean chip brush. Start at the mountain top and gently pull the paint down into the canvas. With a clean chip brush tap the base of the mountain to soften.
Mix more blue into your rock color to make a shadow color. Load the tip of the knife with a small even roll of paint and head on up to the canvas.
With the lightest of strokes, barely bring the tip of the knife to the mountain, opposite where the sun would be shining. Gently pull down to let the paint "break" onto the mountain.
Now add a little red into your white to make a sunlight color to highlight the mountains.
Same technique, but this time on the sunny side. HINT: if your paint is coming off thick like icing on a cake, you're applying too much pressure. Gently let the mountain take what it wants to.
With the largest chip brush, tap into the brown lightly then tap into the light green until you have an earthy color. Take it up to the canvas and make some land.
Tap horizontal strokes, leaving the base white showing between areas to give the illusion of distance or rolling hills. As you get closer to the foreground, add some yellow and bright red to warm it.
You are now ready to add some pine trees. Go to your dark plate and mix blue, brown, and crimson. Load a small amount onto the tip of your knife and sketch tree trunks where you want your trees grow.
Load the same dark color onto your fan brush. Start at the top of the tree, and work your way down. Tap the limbs out, letting the brush control the shape of the limbs. Tap harder as you work down.
For the foreground trees, use the same technique on a chip brush. This will frame the work and invite the viewer into the scene. Now, ready for the eagle?!
Take your smallest craft brush and dip it into your thinner bucket. Take it to your dark color and mix it onto the brush to almost an ink-like consistency. Steady Hand! Make him fly!
I added a rock using the same mountain technique. Clean your craft brush and add some thinner to the bright red. Sign the corner of your masterpiece and you are done! Great Job!!
There! All done! And such a great time! The next time you are in Lowe's, stop by the paint department for these supplies. You'll be amazed at what they can do! Lowes: Never Stop Improving
- 18x24 stretched canvas - art store
- Oil paints - art store
- 4.0 Chip brushes - Lowe's
- 2.0 Craft brushes - Lowe's
- 1.0 Flexible putty knife - Lowe's
- 2.0 2 buckets - Lowe's
- 1.0 4" floor Drain - Lowe's
- 1.0 Odorless thinner - Lowe's
- 1.0 Linseed Oil - Lowe's
- 1.0 Fan brush - art store
- 4.0 Paper plates - Lowe's
- Paper towels - Lowe's