COMPOSITION AND MATERIALS
This was my third oil painting. I was still uncomfortable with the idea of creating my own composition so I continued to study the works of other artists and test my ability to duplicate their paintings with a reasonable amount of accuracy. This painting was copied from a painting by Eduard Boehm, a 19th century Austrian artist. I do not know the title of Eduard's piece or when it was painted.
- Support: Pre-Stretched & Mounted Medium Textured Cotton Canvas (Acrylic Primed)
- Size: 11 x 14 inch
Winsor & Newton 'WINTON' Student Grade Oil Paints
- Finish: Winsor & Newton Dammar varnish
STEP-BY-STEP OIL PAINTING
The clouds came first followed by a rough outline of the distant mountains.
More refinements to the clouds, added details to the distant mountains, I blocked in the land mass to the right, along with the waterway.
Using my computer I blocked in the left foreground. I did this to visualize how my next steps would look.
First I added detail to the right land mass, and then I added reflections to the waterway. For the under-painting, visible on the left, I used raw umber, and blocked in the general landmass features.
Starting with the distant tree-line on the left I began to add my darker colors which will become my shadows. I then added more detail to the landmass on the right.
Again, using my darker colors that would be the basis for my shadows, I began to add more detail to the left side land areas. The path has also been blocked in.
I started adding highlights to the distant tree line and land areas followed by the row of tree trunks.
Now I really started adding my light green tones. I added the grass along the shoreline, blocked in a dead tree trunk and a rock to the front-left. I also highlighted the path.
Lastly I added all the fine details. I finished the foreground shrubs, path, rocks, etc.