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'Autumn on the Hudson Revisited'
by John O'Keefe Jr.

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COMPOSITION AND MATERIALS

Reference painting by Thomas Dought entitled Autumn on the Hudson
Autumn on the Hudson,
by Thomas Doughty, 1850

This is my first oil painting. I used a small 6 X 4 Canvas Board with some very inexpensive oil paints. (...I did not want to spend a lot of money on my first attempt.) This painting is not an original composition of mine; I referenced a portion of a painting by Thomas Doughty (see yellow box). Thomas Doughty was one of the early Hudson River School painters and the painting is entitled "Autumn on the Hudson".

  • Support: Canvas Board (Medium Textured / Acrylic Primed)
  • Size: 6 x 4 inch
  • Medium: Very cheap oil paints - brand unknown
  • Finish: Winsor & Newton Dammar varnish

STEP BY STEP OIL PAINTING

Painting tutorial for 'Autumn on the Hudson revisited' by John O'Keefe Jr. - day 1

Day 1

I painted in layers as you can see in the attached images. First I painted the background - sky, water, mountains, and field as shown.


Painting tutorial for 'Autumn on the Hudson revisited' by John O'Keefe Jr. - day 2

Day 2

I let the painting dry for several days before adding the distant trees, shrubs, and large tree trunk.


Painting tutorial for 'Autumn on the Hudson revisited' by John O'Keefe Jr. - day 3

Day 3

The leaves on the big tree, the house, and some additional details in the landscape came last. I was not happy with the big tree, but I was too nervous that I would ruin the whole painting if I tried to change it, so I left it alone.

STEP BY STEP ANIMATION

Painting tutorial for 'Autumn on the Hudson revisited' by John O'Keefe Jr. - day 3 Painting tutorial for 'Autumn on the Hudson revisited' by John O'Keefe Jr. - day 2 Painting tutorial for 'Autumn on the Hudson revisited' by John O'Keefe Jr. - day 1

FINISHED PAINTING

Finished oil painting: 'Autumn on the Hudson Revisited' by John O'Keefe Jr.
Finished oil painting:
'Autumn on the Hudson Revisited' by John O'Keefe Jr.
  • Finished oil painting: 'Autumn on the Hudson Revisited' by John O'Keefe Jr.
  • Finished oil painting with frame: 'Autumn on the Hudson Revisited' by John O'Keefe Jr.
  • Finished oil painting with frame on display: 'Autumn on the Hudson Revisited' by John O'Keefe Jr.
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     John specializes in landscape oil painting done in a style similar to the famous Hudson River School and Victorian era artists. He also specializes in reproduction painting frames, framing supplies and Giclee prints of his landscape paintings.
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