I have recently completed a commission and delivered a painting of Ben Nevis from Clunes Bay, in oils to its new owner. I used the Winsor and Newton Alkyd quick drying oils.
My first step was to sketch out the landscape on the canvas using a grid system, as the canvas was 160cm x 100cm. Next job was to block in the mountains and land using acrylic paints as they dry quickly. After a couple of coats, then I moved on to the sky using the oils, I blended using a large sky flow brush, this achieved a soft edged sky with hints of morning light. A couple of coats and then I was happy with the texture.
Ben Nevis was next, the North Face is a mass of cliffs and dramatic pinnacles, with ridges and gullies, each a climb in their own right. This face can retain snow all year so it had to be included – snow that is, (I love painting snow in any medium). Moving across to Nevis Range, I mainly used burnt sienna for the slopes and this contrasts with the snowy ridges of Carn Mor Dearg and Aonach Mor.
The lower slopes are forested and I chose just to put a few lines of trees to come down to the loch side. This is all allowed to dry, then the loch was painted with a soft reflection of the mountain colours. The bay is formed by small treed promontories. After the loch was painted with several coats, the land and near trees were next, these took the most time and finally the large Scots Pine was painted.
This painting now resides at its new home. If you are interested in a similar project please get in touch to discuss the options.
If you are walking the Great Glen Way look out for this magnificent view, assuming it’s not cloudy.