Landscape painting demo in oil (Please turn on the Subtitles for commentary)


A demo video of a landscape painting in oil. The source image… A 5X7 inch plein air oil sketch. Using ‘Rule of Thirds’ as composition guide. Drawing starts Initial drawing was done in Burnt Sienna, Ivory Black. Loose drawing provides a clear idea about the direction of the light and placement of the shadows. This also leaves room for any kinds of change to the overall composition. I start very loose and gradually define as if I’m doing a big plein-air painting. Wiping out to put the highlights. Started working on the sky with Cobalt Blue, Ivory Black and Burnt Sienna mix. Working on the distant foliage with a mix of Burnt Sienna, Cobalt Blue and Titanium White. Started working on the sky… Blocking -in the sky section with the more blue mixed with white. Slight rending for fluffiness of the clouds. Adding more light with white and Yellow Ochre. Enhancing the highlights… …with slight Yellow Ochre and white. Using a light touch with slightly bigger brush. Adding darker value for contrast. A mix of black, brown and white. Now adding slightly darker value to foliage that are slightly nearer. This is still the same brown and blue mix with slightly darker value. Creates depth in the scene. Adding touches of highlight with the gray tone mixed with more white and Yellow Ochre. A darker value to create shadows. A mix of blue, slight black, brown and ochre. Blending the edges….to create a soft transition. Creating a dance of shadow and light. Defining the distant field a little more in this block-in stage. Adding contrast and trying to explore more here. Blocking in the distant trees with a darker value of black, blue, brown and slight amount of white Moving to the other trees with a little Yellow Ochre added to the previous mix. Shadows to define shapes. Notice the use of fan brush…the corners of them are most helpful Blocking-in the smaller farm area with a mix of Sap Green, white and ochre. Middle of the brush grip is useful for patchy broad strokes. A few transitions through blending… Defining the area a little more. Field is perhaps of cabbages hence the light color. Creating darker foliage… Fan brush is very helpful for foliage as it provides abstraction. Interplay of shadow and light. Working on the birdholes of the trees. One must put slightly darker sky value in the areas that are inside the tree. Otherwise the result will be amateurish. Adjusting the shadows with black and blue. Putting down the frontal values with more saturated Sap Green and a warm yellow color. Covering the area with a middle value green and some highlights. A lighter value put with more warmish green color. Working on shadow side of the house with a neutral gray color. Lighter value for the top of the roof. Defining the foliage on the roof. Rendering the form a little Defining the shapes more with dark contrasting shadows. Slight adjustments to the foliage there. Putting down road color with a muted violet and muted yellow. I realized later that the road should have been a lot lighter. This was corrected at a later stage. Putting reflected areas with light warm colors. Modeling more and more to the achieve surface quality. Literally playing with the mud here 🙂 Working on the shine with Titanium White and Yellow Ochre Blending the shine with shadows a little. Now putting down the lightest value with more white into ochre. Again playing with the dirt and mud… …to create transition between shadow and extreme light. It creates a nice contrast between warm highlights against cool shadows. The block-in is done and only needs refinement. Working on the frontal foliage with green and warm yellow. Sometimes mixes of Ivory black and warm yellow were also employed in the shadows. Keeping the first layers of dark values intact. Modeling the edges with yellowish green color. Putting highlights with a mix of warm yellow and white. Edges have been highlighted. Increasing the value range. Modeling the grasses with warm light color… with a mix of warm yellow and white… …sometimes added with a touch of Sap Green More light on top of the bushes… …creating a shimmering effect. Notice the brushgrip and use of the sides of the bristles to create abstract shapes. Round brushes are very versatile. They can be used for patchy strokes, line work, putting dots et al. Putting more shine on top of the foliage. Also observing where to enhance the light. Scumbling to create a roughened surface on top of of a darker value. Again employing a round brush to create patchy shapes of grass and bushes with a darker value. Notice the flick from the side of the brush to create more abstraction at the top of the bush. Now rolling the sides to put ample paint with minimum pattern. Now I’m flicking with the top of the brush for thinner abstract shapes. Notice the differences in grip to create various patterns of abstraction… …to obliterate homogeneous patterns of any kind! Seems like a paradox in an artist’s life…creating abstract patterns to negate homogeneous patters! Putting final touches to the ground area… …adding warmth. Putting more highlights… …with a mix of white, warm yellow and some blue to make it cooler. Now final touches: alterations to the field. Brightening some areas…also changing the colors. Defining some of the shapes…. …adding more variations of light and dark here. Making the road lighter in value…as discussed before. I realized this mistake much later. 🙁 A few final touches here and there… Some blending and smudging… Highlighting the rooftops of the houses. Finally, adding an impression of a local farmer… If you like the video then hit the ‘LIKE’ button and Subscribe for more painting videos in future. The finished painting.

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