Day 5 : Demo

Today was a pretty full day of driving, I pulled off to explore the landscape countless times but only had the motivation to paint twice, and one of those paintings turned out to be a dud! 

Heres a small demo from a painting that I worked on during the afternoon. As I was driving, a small river and open field caught my eye so I pulled off ti the side and started painting (in 100° F)! 

 

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My oil painting setup is pretty simple, and I try to keep it as minimal as possible, everything can fit inside of that backpack on the ground.  

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I started by looking at the landscape and thinking about the composition possibilities and what I wanted to say with this painting. You can see some sketches in the sketchbook on the right.  

Once I had the sketch worked on and translated into canvas I laid in some very thin paint that would serve as an underpainting and roadmap for where I wanted my darks to be.  

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At this point in the painting, I more or less had it all figured out in my head. I had mapped out the process to the best of my ability and now I just needed to stay focused and be open to change.

I start with the darkest shadow shapes, which was the green of the trees and the river. Then I moved into the mountain, which was ill fated because I made it way too dark. I only had my darkest dark of the painting and the white of the canvas to judge it, so I got it wrong! But I fixed it later!  

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After the darks I made my way through the painting bit by bit. The sky being the challenging part as I had to take a mental snapshot of the clouds and get it right.  

After the sky was looking better I filled in the grass, but at this point I had been standing in the sun for over an hour and I needed to get back into the car, so I called it a day.  

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The next morning I took out the painting and revised areas of it that weren't working, like the mountain colors, the edges on a lot of areas as well as clarified the shadows and trees a bit.  

This painting was a phenomenal learning experience for me and I'm excited to get out and try some of the new things I learned on other paintings!  

Love, 

Nick