Painting Mountains on the Golden Eagle painting (Живопись горы на Беркута живописи) – Now I will paint the mountains in the background that will be the Kodar Mountains (Кодар Горы). After painting the sky, I transfer the original pencil drawing onto the painted sky by way of a homemade carbon paper. Because I want the mountains to “go back”, and look far away from the things in the foreground and middle distance, I add the same blues from the sky to the colors of the mountains. This gives them that far away look like they are as distant as the sky.
For the dark sides of the mountains, I take the darkest shades of the blue sky colors, (cyan blue mixed with pthalo blue and very little white) and use these colors. For the sun lit side of the mountains, I take Windsor & Newton Cadmium Yellow Pale and mix it with some white and the lightest sky blue color (cyan with white). To give it an early sunrise or sunset look, add some orange. I believe the brush I was using was a Windsor & Newton #2 Regency Gold 520.