Like many artists Anna Zadorozhnaya is inspired by nature, but she is particularly motivated to paint by mountain scenery. Anna has an MA in Art from Oxford Brookes University and is a member of the International Federation of Aquarellists. She has been painting in watercolour for just four years and already teaches the medium. She has a popular Instagram site called Draw Better where she shares images of her beautiful watercolour landscapes and writes interesting text to accompany them – in both English and Russian! Anna really likes using Schmincke Horadam watercolour and here she takes us through how she painted a mountain scene in the Austrian village of St Anton am Arlberg using Horadam paints.
Painting a Watercolour of St Anton am Arlberg
by Anna Zadorozhnaya
With this painting I wanted to quickly capture the unforgettable moment of the beginning of a sunset in the mountains. The sky is coloured in yellow and rose shades and all the peaks show their power and beauty before plunging into darkness.
The materials I used for this painting:
• Paint: Schmincke Horadam Aquarell watercolours in tubes – in Naples Yellow (229), Cadmium Red Orange (348), Rose Madder (356), Transparent Brown (648), Phthalo Sapphire Blue (477), Cobalt Blue Hue (486), Ultramarine finest (494), Sepia Brown (663), Indigo (485), Titanium opaque white (101)
• Paper: Saunders Waterford Extra White 300gsm, cold press/NOT, 100% cotton, 28×38 cm
• Brushes: large squirrel mop quill brushes, goat mop brush, round synthetic brush with a fine point
• Masking tape
• Paper towels
• Pencil and eraser
• Clean water
• Reference photo from St. Anton/ Arlberg
About the Artist
Anna Zadorozhnaya is a Russian watercolour artist, currently based in Hannover, Germany. Anna has an MA in Art from Oxford Brookes University, is a da Vinci and Schmincke ambassador and works as tutor both offline and online. The main subject of her paintings are snowy mountains in pure watercolour technique. She shares her watercolour paintings on her popular Instagram page @draw_better.
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