Mount Kilimanjaro Rising

African landscape painting
© Copyright 2018 – Present

Size: 30″ x 24″
Support: Gallery Wrap Stretched Canvas
Description: A realistic African landscape painting of Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.

SOLD: This painting is a commission and has sold.

Artist Comments

This painting is the second in five commissioned Africa paintings by a private art buyer in San Diego, CA.

I named this painting “Mount Kilimanjaro Rising.” Initially, I was going to call it “Mount Kilimanjaro Rising Above The Serengeti,” which was taken from the lyrics of a famous Toto song, “Africa.” It goes like this…

“…As sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengeti…”

I loved that song when I was a teen, and I still do. However, as I started my research on Africa and specifically Mount Kilimanjaro, I discovered this mountain isn’t on the Serengeti, a vast nature reserve and safari destination. Instead, Kilimanjaro is several hundred miles away inside a national park in Tanzania called Mount Kilimanjaro National Park. So I decided to name this artwork Mount Kilimanjaro Rising which I feel is a more fitting name.

Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest peak and is snow-capped year-round. As one observes this painting, the viewer has the sense the mountain is floating above the clouds.

This particular work of art isn’t the first time I’ve painted this splendid mountain. I was also commissioned to paint it several years ago from a photograph taken by my customer (not the same one as this painting) while they were on a hiking expedition up Kilimanjaro’s north face. That painting is called “Scaling Mt. Kilimanjaro.” Follow the link to see it.

After researching and creating all of these artworks of Africa, I find myself wanting to explore the African continent on my next vacation. I love to travel and see what all the world has to show me! When I’m asked where my favorite travel destination is, my reply is always “anywhere I’ve never been  before!”

Other Paintings in This Series

The links below will take you to the other paintings that are part of the Africa series in this commissioned group.

Victoria Falls, Zambia Africa painting
Victoria Falls, Africa

Africa wildlife giraffes
Africa Wildlife — Giraffes
Africa wildlife leopard painting
Africa Wildlife — Leopard
African Elephant Serengeti painting
African Elephant on the Serengeti

 

 

 

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10 Tips for Painting Mountains

tips for Painting Mountains
The Grand Teton Mountains by Teresa Bernard

Mountains have always been admired for their grandeur, which is one reason why they are a popular feature for artists to include in their landscape paintings.

If you’re an artist who wants to paint mountains, then these ten simple tips are for you.

Mountain Ranges You Can Paint

Mountains are popular with art buyers from all over the world. So much so that many top art galleries prefer to display oil paintings of landscapes featuring some popular mountain ranges.  With so many mountain ranges globally, artists will never run out of subjects for their mountain landscapes. Some famous mountain ranges you might want to consider painting are:

Mount Kilimanjaro Africa painting
Mount Kilimanjaro Rising by Teresa Bernard
    • Blue Ridge Mountains
    • The Canadian Rockies
    • Grand Tetons
    • Himalayas
    • Matterhorn
    • Mount Kilimanjaro
    • Rocky Mountains
    • Smokey Mountains
    • Swiss Alps
    • and numerous others

Painting Mountains From Your Imagination

mars landscape oil painting
Land Rover Tracks of Mars by Teresa Bernard

Or you might want to design a mountain range from your imagination. No hard and fast rule says it has to be an actual mountain that exists somewhere on earth. You could even paint a mountain range that is on some distant moon or planet. Olympus Mons, the highest mountain on Mars, for example. Of course, you would have to rely on some reference photos from NASA’s image gallery for something like that.

Here is a painting of an off-world landscape with a mountain range made up entirely from the artist’s imagination.

Tips for Painting Mountains

Tip #1 — Pay special attention to the mountain or mountain range profile you are painting. Especially if it is a recognizable landmark, every mountain has a unique feature and specific shape. Those who view your painting will recognize the scenery and will want to buy your painting as a result because it has some special meaning for them.

Tip #2 — As you are sketching the mountain onto your canvas, consider making it the dominating feature to show off its majesty. This can quickly be done by giving it the most space on the real estate of your canvas surface. This will reduce the surrounding supporting elements such as the trees, lakes, sky, grass, wildlife, etc.

Tip #3 — As the distance between you and the mountain range increases, everything gets lighter in value. As the landscape hits the horizon line, the color is less saturated as it disappears into the distance and becomes closer in value to the sky color.

Tip #4 — When painting mountains that are off in the distance, be sure to employ atmospheric or aerial perspective to create a sense of depth. A faraway mountain range will usually appear lighter, hazier, and bluer as it gets further away.

Tip #5 —  The further away a mountain is, the less detail it will have. That means crevasses in the mountainside will become less defined, and you probably will not see any trees either.

Tip #6 — Tone is essential when painting mountains. The mountain will be a pale tone near the top and will have a deeper tone at its base. This will help to give the mountain depth.

Tip #7 — As a general rule, try to arrange the shape of your mountains, so they slope into the picture and not out. This will help direct the viewer’s eye into the painting as they follow the outline of the mountain.

Tip #8 — Try to blur the outline of the furthest mountain into the sky. You can blur it more than you would initially think as the viewer will “create” the shape of the mountain in their mind’s eye.

Tip #9 — To create a sense of depth in your landscape painting, paint your mountain ranges in layers going from those that are the furthest away to those closest. The mountains that are furthest away should be painted first. They should be the lightest, haziest, and possess the least amount of detail. Next, add another range of mountains closer to you. These would be placed in front of the first mountain range. They would be more intense in color and have more details than the previous range, but not as much as the next range to be added. Continue doing this until you have all your mountains in place. Layering various additional elements in your painting’s foreground will help give distance and perspective to the mountain range in the background.

Tip #10 — Not all mountains resemble inverted cones; many are lopsided, pyramidal, or even flat on top. Some have snow caps, while others do not. Add interest to your mountains by varying their contour, texture, and color.

Additional Reading

The Rules of Perspective Drawing

Using Atmospheric Perspective to Create Depth in Your Paintings

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Scaling Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro commission painting
© Copyright 2011 – Present

Size: 24″ x 18″
Support: Gallery wrap stretched canvas
Description: An oil painting of a hiker scaling up Mount Kilimanjaro, a famous mountain in Africa. Hand-painted and signed by Teresa Bernard.

SOLD: An art collector in New Jersey commissioned this painting.

Customer Feedback

I wanted you to know that I received the painting and presented it to Jim and he loved it! Thank you so much for all of your time and effort. It was well worth the wait! — A. Boutillier, Morristown NJ

Artist Comments

Scaling Mount Kilimanjaro is a commission painting I did for a client who had been on an expedition up this famous mountain in Africa one year. My client supplied the photo from her trip for this painting. Since this was a memorable trip for my client, I kept the painting as close to the photograph as possible. My client loved the finished painting and proudly displays it in her living room, where it receives many favorable comments from her guests.

About Mount Kilimanjaro

Located in Tanzania, Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano and happens to be the highest mountain in Africa at 19,340 feet above sea level. Its three volcanic cones are named Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira. It isn’t certain where the name Kilimanjaro originates from, but there are several theories about that. A few possible meanings could be Mountain of Light, Mountain of Greatness, or Mountain of Caravans. Or it might not be any of these.

This mountain is a popular attraction for hikers and mountain climbers from all over the globe. Some estimate that more people have died trekking up Mount Kilimanjaro than Mount Everest. However, it needs to be pointed out that Everest is attempted by significantly fewer climbers than Kilimanjaro.

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The Grand Teton Mountains

Grand Teton Mountains painting
© Copyright 2003 – Present

Size: 18″ x 14″
Support: Stretched canvas
Description: A landscape oil painting of The Grand Teton Mountains located in Wyoming, USA.

SOLD: This mountain painting was sold to a private art collector and is no longer available.

Customer Feedback

“Teresa, I received the painting in good order. Very nice and a good gift. Thank you and Merry Christmas!” — B. Kuller, Rockford IL

Artist Comments

The Grand Teton Mountains is one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in the U.S. Located in northwestern Wyoming, this mountain range is the central feature of Grand Teton National Park. Several years ago, I had the opportunity to visit this park and was awed by the stunning mountain scenery.

For more information, visit the Grand Teton National Park website.

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