Mother Nature’s Technicolor Palette

Lara here!

Growing up in the American Midwest i saw very few mountains, really if any that wasn’t from an airplane window. But, living down in Atlanta for nearly a decade has made me fall in love with the mountains. To escape into the Appalachians is about an hour and a half from the city and i swear every time i get to the foothills i can feel my blood pressure drop.

Thinking about how this month’s Gauche Alchemy challenge about color would inspire me i took out all my favorite color paints. One was empty so i put it in the box with the other empty’s and looking at them all together immediately brought to mind some of the sunset’s i’ve been able to experience in the mountains. So many colors and subtle layering and textures happen to the scenery when the sun dips to a certain level.

i took out all my old canvas’ that have various stages of paint and use to them, some i had used at one time as table cover when painting other projects (see last month’s under paper project) and found one, 18″ x 24″, that was perfection in it colors and textures.


I mounted the canvas to a wood canvas and used screws to mount the paint tubes into a sun shape. Then dribbled fluid yellow acrylic mixed with matte medium over the top as well as tied some string into a birds nest.


At the bottom i tried to really build up the majestic mountains with at least a dozen layers of acrylic paint, crackle medium, corse medium and wax. Finishing it off by outlining some mountain shapes.


Yeah, thats some texture if i ever saw some texture…


How inspiring is Mother Nature’s own palette!
Thanks for taking a peek and enjoy this time of year (in America at least) when all the trees paint some masterworks in the sky.


  1. Wow, this is so cool Lara, wish I could see it irl!

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