The High Road – Oil Painting

The High Road

The High Road

I’m making a conscious effort to draw with paint but not loose the connection with realism. Its all too easy to get involved with the luscious paint and revel in its interactions. Speaking of which, I did introduce a colour I don’t normally use in landscape, Alizarin Crimson, and had a bit of fun playing with this intense colour. The need for staying in touch with reality prompted me to distribute it in every area of the painting. This gave a ‘pinkish’ look to the painting. But it was uniform and not on its own in an area which would become isolated from the rest of the scene. This harmony of colour is a natural part of landscape.

I’m using Liquin and this makes the drawing with paint a lot easier. Its only introduced in the later stages, when I need lines of paint to sit cleanly on top of the wet under colour. There are times when lines are too fine to paint individually, as in the leaves of the tree in the last post. In this painting I was able to suggest the fine branches of the trees by using the flat of a filbert brush. Liquin in the paint mix makes this possible as the ‘sticky’ paint on each bristle of the brush is transferred as a fine line. The filbert shape (dome shaped flat) helps the overall tree shape. I am careful not to over-use this technique as mentioned in the last post.

Here is the video of the painting process. The total time was under two hours. The size of the painting is about 16″ x 10″. See you soon.