An artist watching me paint this carefully photographed
every step of the process as the painting developed.
When I finished, he suggested I create a mini-tutorial so
other artists could try this approach. He felt it was very unique and
interesting. A fun new way to use oils, with great results. I agreed.
So I’ve done that. It’s now an eBook you can download as
a pdf. It’s sort of like a mini workshop where you can look over my shoulder as
I develop this painting. You’ll see each step of the process along with my
explanation of what I was doing and why. Then you can try it yourself.
For one thing, this was painted on a toned surface. And
the surface was a card stock, not canvas. Which immediately alters the behavior
of oil paints as they are applied. And that opens up new opportunities to use
the interesting techniques and results you’ll see here. Check it out and see
You can download the eBook HERE. I’m charging just $10 (hey, I had to charge something
for all this.) And I think you’ll enjoy trying this method yourself. It could
open a whole new window of opportunity for you.
CLICK HERE for
this ready-to-hang plein air painting
Many times when I come upon a scene like this I like to
use the palette knife to paint with. It’s much more immediate than brushes. I
simply open my pochade paint box and dive in. No brushes to select or solvents
to prepare. I just grab my palette knife and have at it.
My paints are already
laid out in the pochade box and my panel is fastened in place, so there’s no
preparation. I can begin painting immediately when the inspiration is upon me.
This is a terrific example. It was a beautiful serene setting and I wanted to
get that feeling into the painting. The palette knife was the perfect tool for
the job. And I think this captured exactly what I felt at the moment. I hope it
brings you a sense of peace and restfulness too. Thanks for looking and have a great
BTW if you’re interested in that pochade I was talking
about, CLICK HEREfor more details.