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Step by Step Oil Painting Tutorial
'Lakeside Path'
by John O'Keefe Jr.

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COMPOSITION AND MATERIALS

Reference painting by Eduard Boehm
Painting by Eduard Boehm

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
  • Medium: Winsor & Newton 'WINTON' Student Grade Oil Paints
  • Finish: Winsor & Newton Dammar varnish

STEP-BY-STEP OIL PAINTING

Painting tutorial for 'Lakeside Path' by John O'Keefe Jr. - Day 1

Day 1

The clouds came first followed by a rough outline of the distant mountains.


Painting tutorial for 'Lakeside Path' by John O'Keefe Jr. - Day 2

Day 2

More refinements to the clouds, added details to the distant mountains, I blocked in the land mass to the right, along with the waterway.


Painting tutorial for 'Lakeside Path' by John O'Keefe Jr. - Day 3

Day 3

Using my computer I blocked in the left foreground. I did this to visualize how my next steps would look.


Painting tutorial for 'Lakeside Path' by John O'Keefe Jr. - Day 4

Day 4

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.


Painting tutorial for 'Lakeside Path' by John O'Keefe Jr. - Day 5

Day 5

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.


Painting tutorial for 'Lakeside Path' by John O'Keefe Jr. - Day 6

Day 6

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.


Painting tutorial for 'Lakeside Path' by John O'Keefe Jr. - Day 7

Day 7

I started adding highlights to the distant tree line and land areas followed by the row of tree trunks.


Painting tutorial for 'Lakeside Path' by John O'Keefe Jr. - Day 8

Day 8

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.


Painting tutorial for 'Lakeside Path' by John O'Keefe Jr. - Day 9

Day 9

Lastly I added all the fine details. I finished the foreground shrubs, path, rocks, etc.

STEP BY STEP ANIMATION

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FINISHED PAINTING

Finished oil painting: 'Lakeside Path' by John O'Keefe Jr.
Finished oil painting:
'Lakeside Path' by John O'Keefe Jr.
  • Finished oil painting: 'Lakeside Path' by John O'Keefe Jr.
  • Finished oil painting with frame: 'Lakeside Path' by John O'Keefe Jr.
  • Finished oil painting with frame on display: 'Lakeside Path' 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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