Painting: start of landscape

In one of my photographic magazines, I found a really nice picture of hills and clouds which I thought would make a nice subject for a painting. Here’s a scan of the photograph (from Digital SLR Photography, I think, possibly the May issue – don’t have it any more or I’d credit the photographer). Pretty poor quality scan so I don’t suppose the photographer will mind me uploading it as no one is going to want to steal it.

dark hills cutting

I wanted to try the technique of starting with light washes and then adding to them so that the image is built up.

I started with washes of a light blue sky, yellow ochre foreground and rose middle ground, figuring they’d give the best starting points. I then added layer after layer of different washes (white, purple, green on the sky; blue, grey and yellow on the middle ground; yellow, grey and green on the foreground) ending up with the following.

dark hills

Still got a long way to go. Bits have got a little out of hand so I’m wondering whether to continue adding to it or leave it like this and ask the new teacher on Wednesday about how to continue.

I also think I need to move away from my rough brushes and finally start using the decent sable ones I’ve got. It is difficult to get fine lines with the current ones.

Posted on May 8, 2011, in Art and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I like this -especially nice fluid style, without distracting detail. Use your best brushes, by all means!

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