COMPOSITION AND MATERIALS
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 much 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 first 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
I painted in layers as you can see in the attached images. First I painted the background - sky, water, mountains, and field as shown.
I let the painting dry for several days before adding the distant trees, shrubs, and large tree trunk.
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.