Oil Painting, September – time lapse video


This is a simple painting. Small, and just illustrating the changing of the seasons. The most difficult part, for a beginner, is the curving track which leads the eye into the painting. Not the painting of the track, but its shape. It establishes scale and distance. You will remember the classical image demonstrating perspective – the straight converging railway tracks, meeting at the horizon. Adding the curve establishes the angle of the plane of the ground. Now the lines are converging but the shape of the curve is also obeying the laws of perspective. Think of a quarter of an oval and not a circle.

Circle and Oval

The colours (discussed in previous post) are Burnt Sienna, Yellow Ochre, Cerulean Blue and Raw Umber (plus, of course black and white). Also, a tiny bit of Cadmium Red for the tractor. Much of the mixing of the colours is on the canvas, especially in the sky. As you will see in the video the colours are placed in an almost haphazard way. This is to create a ‘randomness’ in the painting which helps avoid regular patterns which we instinctively do, and this does not look natural (see here).


9 thoughts on “Oil Painting, September – time lapse video

    • Thank you for the comment. I have had a few posts about painting surfaces (https://liamrainsford.com/2011/04/21/too-much-absorption/ is one). Its an on-going issue for me. I usually paint on ‘loose’ canvas. I have quite a lot of these paintings and storage is easier as flat sheets. Any paintings required to be framed is laminated onto a self-adhesive backing board by the framer. At the moment I am using Fredrix Canvas Pad (see https://liamrainsford.com/?s=fredrix). I will be returning to the issue of painting surfaces again as there are anomalies in the commercially available materials. Much is coming from China and prepared in what ‘looks like’ the correct surface. A beginner will not know the difference and struggle in vain to achieve good results.

  1. What lovely work you do. I was entranced watching this painting progress. It was interesting to see the use of the dark colors and how bold you are with them. You have a wonderful informative blog.

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