View Full Version : Landscape of Malá Fatra

04-25-2012, 07:42 PM
Hi there,

I've recently purchased tablet to replace mouse and it has been bundled with ArtRage. I've tried it out of curiosity and it seems like a great fun.

Here is my first painting, using simple brush tool for start. I have no experience in such things albeit some color pencil drawings, but feel free to make suggestions how can I improve it.


It is landscape of Malá Fatra (translated "Small Fatra") mountains in my country, had my photo made during trek there for reference.

D Akey
04-26-2012, 01:54 AM
Nice control of your color and values. Beautiful spot.

What's a Fatra? Is that a name that means something else?

04-26-2012, 02:33 AM
Thank you, D Akey.
Fatra is just a name, it can't be translated and I can only guess from what ancient word is it derived.

04-26-2012, 02:42 AM
This is what wiki says about it.



Lesser Fatra (also Little Fatra, Slovak (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slovak_language): Malá Fatra) is a mountain range (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mountain_range) in the Western Carpathians (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Carpathians) in the north-west of Central Slovakia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slovakia). In the geomorphological system, it is a part of the Fatra-Tatra Area (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatra-Tatra_Area).
It is situated approximately between the cities of Nitrianske Pravno (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nitrianske_Pravno), Strečno (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stre%C4%8Dno), Martin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin,_Slovakia) and Zázrivá (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Z%C3%A1zriv%C3%A1). Turčianska kotlina (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tur%C4%8Dianska_kotlina) (Turiec Basin) and the Oravská vrchovina (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oravsk%C3%A1_vrchovina) Mts. are situated to the west of the range, and Žilinská kotlina (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=%C5%BDilinsk%C3%A1_kotlina&action=edit&redlink=1) (Žilina Basin) and the Kysucká vrchovina (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Kysuck%C3%A1_vrchovina&action=edit&redlink=1) Mts. is located to the east.
Malá Fatra consists of two subdivisions separated by the Váh (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V%C3%A1h) river near Strečno (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stre%C4%8Dno):

Lúčanská Malá Fatra
Krivánska Malá Fatra
The highest peak is Veľký Kriváň (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ve%C4%BEk%C3%BD_Kriv%C3%A1%C5%88) at 1,709 m AMSL (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AMSL) in Krivánska Malá Fatra.
Malá Fatra is basically one big karst (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karst) object. It is made up of crystalline (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crystalline) rocks and complexes of Mesozoic (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mesozoic) strongly folded rocks.
The main peaks of Lúčanská Malá Fatra are Veľká Lúka (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Ve%C4%BEk%C3%A1_L%C3%BAka_Mountain&action=edit&redlink=1) (1,475 m), Kľak (1,351 m) and Minčol (1,364). The main peaks of the Krivánska Malá Fatra are Veľký Rozsutec (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ve%C4%BEk%C3%BD_Rozsutec) (1,610 m), Malý Rozsutec (1,343 m), Veľký Kriváň (1,709 m) and Malý Kriváň (1,671 m).
The 12 km long pass between Krivánska Malá Fatra and Lúčanská Malá Fatra separated by the Váh is called Strečnianska tiesňava (Strečno Pass), located below the ruins of the famous Strečno Castle (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stre%C4%8Dno_Castle). The Dierový potok (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Dierov%C3%BD_potok&action=edit&redlink=1) stream created a complex of canyons, waterfalls and cascades in that area. Šútovo (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C5%A0%C3%BAtovo) Waterfall (Šútovský vodopád ) is the highest waterfall in Malá Fatra and has a vertical drop of 38 m.
Popular centres for winter sports are Vrátna dolina (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vr%C3%A1tna_dolina) and Štefanová (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C5%A0tefanov%C3%A1). Other tourism centres are the villages of Terchová (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terchov%C3%A1), where the Slovak national hero Juraj Jánošík (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juraj_J%C3%A1no%C5%A1%C3%ADk) was born and Zázrivá (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Z%C3%A1zriv%C3%A1), where the traditional Slovak sheep cheese delicacy known as korbáčiky (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korb%C3%A1%C4%8Diky) is made. One of the most popular ski areas in Slovakia outside the Tatras (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tatras) is the Martinské hole (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Martinsk%C3%A9_hole&action=edit&redlink=1) resort situated between the Veľká lúka Mountain and the town of Martin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin,_Slovakia).
Krivánska Malá Fatra is protected by the Malá Fatra National Park (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mal%C3%A1_Fatra_National_Park).
In addition, Malá Fatra includes the following small-scale protection areas:

national nature reserves: Chleb (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Chleb&action=edit&redlink=1), Minčol, Krivé, Šútovská dolina, Sokolec, Suchý (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Such%C3%BD), Starý hrad, Prípor, Šíp, Šrámková, Rozsutec (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Rozsutec&action=edit&redlink=1), Tiesňavy (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Ties%C5%88avy&action=edit&redlink=1), Veľká Bránica, Kľačianska Magura (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=K%C4%BEa%C4%8Dianska_Magura&action=edit&redlink=1)
nature reserves: Dubovské lúky, Goľove mláky, Hajasová, Hrabinka, Hrádok, Kraľoviansky meander, Močiar, Paráč, Pod Rígľom, Veľká Lučivná
natural monuments: Bôrická mláka, Domašínsky meander, Krasniansky luh, Šútovská epigenéza
protected site: Hate

04-26-2012, 02:45 AM
Very nicely done. Excellent tones and shadows. :):):)

04-26-2012, 02:48 AM
I knew if I looked hard enough for it I would find some kind of answer on the name.


The origin of a name Fatra

At first it was a name for a mountain. As a name of whole range, it appears in 18th century. According the folk etymology it is derived from a word Vater (Father), but according scientific researches it is derived from observation function of these mountains. (Noun "patra" is derived from verb "patriti" = look, view; and later was a letter P replaced by F).

04-26-2012, 07:48 AM
Wow, thanks for finding the info. My tip for the meaning of the name was wrong then. I though it has something with "Varta" - the big fire as it has been sometimes used as signalling in the past.

Marilyn Anne
04-26-2012, 08:19 AM
A nice glimpse into another part of the world.

04-26-2012, 01:29 PM
Wow, thanks for finding the info. My tip for the meaning of the name was wrong then. I though it has something with "Varta" - the big fire as it has been sometimes used as signalling in the past.

It is actualy really nice place to see in person if you ever get the chance. Go in the spring time. You will love it.

04-26-2012, 07:09 PM
Fine and neat landscape at twilight ...