Early Summer

Early Summer

The soft clouds of summer.

It is difficult to paint the softness of clouds directly as you would paint solid objects. I place the colours on the canvas first and use a clean wide filbert brush to blend by cross-hatching. I do not use a medium, just a small amount of solvent to spread the colour. I use a pipette to add the solvent, a drop at a time as I mix the colours, so I don’t add too much. This helps the blending process as the small amount of solvent evaporates leaving a ‘dryish’ layer of paint. I avoid medium because the colours would spread into each other producing a single featureless colour. The process does take a bit of practice but the final effect makes it worth it.

This painting uses only 3 colours (Cadmium Yellow, Alizarin Crimson, Cobalt Blue) plus black and white. The black and white are Alkyd Fast Drying Paints. The colours are Artist Quality Traditional Oil Colours. It is recommended to use Alkyd colours under traditional oils as they dry faster. They can be mixed together if the mixing is thorough and the paint applied in a single thin layer. Avoid having distinct layers of different paint types. If the drying rates in the upper layers are faster (as with Alkyd) than the lower layers, paint might be prone to flaking off. Thick paint, varnishing, removing varnish, cleaning etc exacerbates the problem.

There is no medium used, only White Spirits. The size is 16.5″ x 12″. This was painted in a single ‘wet on wet’ session in about 2 hours.

Here is the process. To view in realtime change setting to .25. Quality can also be set up to 1080HD.

 

Bluebell Hill

Bluebell Hill

Yellow flowers have given way to the purple and blue.

There are 3 colours used in this painting Cadmium Yellow, Permanent Rose & Ultramarine Blue plus black and white. There is no medium used, only White Spirits.

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The Crossing

The Crossing

Still in the Slieve Bloom Mountains.

This painting uses only 3 colours (Indian Yellow, Alizarin Crimson, Prussian Blue) plus black and white. There is no medium used, only White Spirits.

Here is a video of the painting process. To view in realtime change setting to .25. Quality can also be set up to 1080HD.

Glenbarrow

Glenbarrow

Glenbarrow in the Slieve Bloom Mountains is the source of the River Barrow. Along with the Massif Central in France, these mountains are the oldest in Europe. They were once also the highest at 3,700m. Weathering has reduced them to 527m. On a clear day, one can see the high points of the four ancient provinces of Ireland.

This painting uses only 3 colours (Indian yellow, Permanent Rose, Prussian Blue) plus black and white. There is no medium used, only White Spirits. The size is 16.5″ x 12″.

Here is the video of the painting process. To view this video in realtime change speed setting to .25. Quality can also be increased to 1080HD.

Near Maganey

Near Maganey

Late afternoon sunshine illuminates the trees on this high bank of the Barrow River. The Barrow Drainage of the 1920’s deepened the river along its length and the dredged material was deposited on the banks. In many places, like here, this material is still intact, creating interesting landscapes of sun and deep rich shadows.

The sunlit green of the trees against the sky was produced with a transparent mix of yellow and a little blue. Normally highlighted areas in oil painting contain white and are opaque. In this case a transparent film of colour was placed on the wet sky colour. Where this background was mostly white it made the colour glow. Notice when the same colour is placed on a background with less white, how muted it is. To match the tone white was added to the mix used in these areas.

There are 3 colours used in this painting (Indian Yellow, Permanent Rose, Ultramarine Blue) plus black and white. There is no medium used, only White Spirits. The size is 16.5″ x 12″.

Here is a video of the painting process. To view in realtime change setting to .25. Quality can also be set up to 1080HD.

Long Evening

Long Evening

This painting uses only 3 colours (Indian Yellow, Alizarin Crimson, Prussian Blue) plus black and white. All paints are Alkyd fast drying oil paints. There is no medium used, only White Spirits.

The size is 16.5″ x 12″. The substrate is primed un-stretched canvas. Brushes: A single No.8 Filbert Bristle & Nylon Liner. A No.12 Filbert Bristle was used to blend sky colours. It was painted in a single ‘wet on wet’ session of about 2 hours.

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April Skies

April Skies

Sunshine and showers, April is here.

This painting uses only 3 colours (Cadmium Yellow, Alizarin Crimson, Prussian Blue) plus black and white. There is no medium used, only White Spirits. The size is 16.5″ x 12″ and was painted in a single ‘wet on wet’ session of about 2 hours.

I am using a mixture of traditional artists oil paints and Alkyd quick drying paints. The white and black are Alkyd paints. Traditional oils are used when the required colour is not available in the Alkyd range. For example: Cadmium Yellow is not available in the Alkyd range, except as Cadmium Yellow Hue, so I use the standard oil version.

Mixing these two paint types in multi-session painting is only recommended if the Alkyd colours are used in the under layers and allowed to dry – which suits most painters. However, Alkyds or Liquin on top of standard oils will dry fast and retard the drying of standard paint underneath.

‘Wet on wet’ single session well mixed paints produce a homogenous layer which dries evenly and fast, in under 24 hours. My lack of medium dries very matt and dull but I can ‘oil out’ after the initial 24 hours drying.

Here is the painting video. To view in realtime change setting to .25. Quality can also be set up to 1080HD.