COMPOSITION AND MATERIALS
This was my fourth oil painting and first original composition. Using pencil and paper, I roughed out this simple sketch. I decided to use a canvas size of 12x16. Before this painting I would select colors from a large pallet of oil paints that I have in my studio, and I did a little mixing of colors on my own. However, this painting was the first time I used a limited color pallet.
- Support: Pre-Stretched & Mounted Medium Textured Cotton Canvas (Acrylic Primed)
- Size: 12 x 16 inch
Winsor & Newton 'WINTON' Student Grade Oil Paints
(Ultramarine Blue, Viridian, Cadmium Yellow Deep, Titanium White, Raw Umber, Cadmium Red, and Lemon Yellow)
- Finish: Winsor & Newton Dammar varnish
STEP-BY-STEP OIL PAINTING
Using a medium-sized brush, I blocked in the sky, distant land features, near land features, and the initial layer of the dirt road.
The painting had far to much blue, so I began making changes to the sky colors, distant last features, and field. I blocked in, using raw umber, my hills to the left and right, and added details to the dirt road such as the wagon tracks. Finally, I began to add lighting and shadows across the field and the road.
It was time to add the house and the smaller trees next to it. In front of a large field was the house. To the left and right are small trees and shrubs.
COMPOSITION IDEAS FOR ADDING TREES
I originally intended to add trees to this painting; however, after the trial runs, I was unsure about adding them. The final oil painting does not have trees. One day (If I do not varnish the painting first) I may go back and add trees when I feel more comfortable creating them.
I changed the field beyond the house to a body of water. I also added light and shadow along the road. I envisioned the sun setting, casting long shadows. I painted the shoreline along the far side to make the water look believable.
However, after looking at this painting for a while, I decided I was not pleased with the lighting along the sides. Using my computer, I played around with various lighting changes. I wanted to get the setting sun reflected in the foreground hills to the left and right. Here is my final concept with a 'before (day 4 painting) / after (day 4 digital edits)' image.
The 'after' changes from day four are in this final picture.