Bluebell Wood -Tutorial Video

One thing you will notice in this video, as in others, is how dark the painting looks and for how long, in the painting process. The accepted rule for oil painting is to place the dark colours in first and finish by putting in the light. The opposite is true of watercolours, you start by placing the lightest washes first and gradually adding the deeper colours as you progress. Now, every rule is made to be broken and this is where the challenge is, in painting. In my experience, an oil painting which progresses to the light phase too early in its creation doesn’t bode well. The obvious exception to the rule is in landscape where the sky, the lightest part but also the part ‘behind’ everything else has to be painted first. My solution to this dilemma is to split the painting process into the 2 parts, (a) the shy and distant mountains (or hills) and (b) the middle and foreground. The dark parts of the sky are painted first progressing to the lightest highlights of clouds. The colours and brushes used are then put aside and the process, dark to light, is repeated in the remaining part of the painting.

As mentioned in the previous post, a hugh amount of work was done which was not videoed. This was the day after the ‘video’ part. The Liquin was becoming really tacky and painting the enormous amount of detail was easy enough with a long bristled brush. The tacky surface almost pulls the paint off the brush, great for fine detail. Some details were almost black and some almost white. I was constantly washing out the brush to change colour. This brush gets a lot of use and I really don’t give it the respect it deserves. It was inexpensive and classed as a watercolour brush, but one of the cheap ones. Its a nylon brush. It has lasted years where the horrifically expensive sable brush would have been destroyed by the solvents used in oil painting. I really should get a few more similar to this to reduce the time spent cleaning between colour changes. This would also extend the life of the brush as cleaning is far more wearing on a brush than the painting process.

The previous two posts show the two stages of the painting. I hope you enjoy and get some help from the video.


5 thoughts on “Bluebell Wood -Tutorial Video

  1. Pingback: Bluebell Grove – Oil Painting « PictureS

  2. I,m an old woman of 85, now living in the USA,and very little time left to live,but I wanted to tell you how deeply I was affected by your art of the Bluebell Woods.
    I grew up quite close to them in WeoleyCastle estate and many times walked there to pick
    those Beautiful flowers, and can still recall their Gorgeous perfume. I wish I were a wealthy

    I’ve often wondered if those woods were still there, you captured them Beautifully Thank you so much….you gave me Such Pleasure today….I wish I were a wealthy lady I certainly
    would buy your paintings !
    Good luck
    and Thank you for bringing so much pleasure to me today

    • Thank you Gwendoline for your lovely comment. It makes me very happy that you can identify with this landscape and that it evokes such beautiful memories for you. This is a wonderful compliment for me and my work. For me its what art is all about, sharing what I find beautiful in the world with those of like minds. Thank you again.

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