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Painting A Sky With Wispy Cirrus Clouds & Snow-Capped Mountains

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Step 6: Adding Contrasting Shadows For An Aerial Perspective

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For the rocky part of the mountain (along the bottom), make sure to use a darker blue, as the aerial perspective (i.e. objects in the distance) will make the mountains lose its chroma and color saturation. This means the mountains at a distance will appear faded and blue, even though it would be a completely different color up close. To give your painting this sense of depth, add Permanent Violet, Alizarin Crimson, and a touch of Payne’s Gray to the shadow color mix, using the size 8 brush to paint the rocky details along the base of the mountain. Avoid making the colors too warm, such as brown, red, or orange, as this will make objects appear closer and take the focus of the painting away from the sky. Add any finishing touches, and if needed, use a kneaded eraser to get rid of any extraneous pencil lines.