Woodland Deep – Oil Painting

Woodland Deep

Woodland Deep

This is an exercise in painting without the fine brush drawing which I’ve been doing lately. The difficulty is in not doing the things I’m comfortable with. There are no fine lines of branches or grasses, just blobs of paint representing these details. Its a photographic approach and a comfortable image. I occasionally paint in this way to keep in touch with the visual world as opposed to the ‘Gothic’ world of lines constructed from what I know to be there and not what I see.

I’m very aware of the fact that this is a primitive approach. Children paint outlines of what they think objects look like, not what they actually see. In a way this is what I do and I’m aware of it. A tell-tale sign of this is in the amount of time I spend ‘constructing’ bits of a landscape which will never be seen in the final painting because they are obscured by later  additions to the scene.

The initial layer was more or less a featureless flood of ‘solvent only’ paint. When most of the solvent evaporated, the later additions of paint had neither solvent or medium added. The paint did not flow and the application was in short strokes. This effectively ‘disabled’ the drawing technique which was the object of the exercise. The palette was limited to three colours as usual. These were Cadmium Yellow, Burnt Sienna and Prussian Blue.

I will post the video of the painting process in a few days. See you then.


19 thoughts on “Woodland Deep – Oil Painting

  1. This is absolutely beautiful. It has movement, which is one thing that I always notice about a piece. If the piece has life you can relate to it so much easier. Always something I work towards when I am at my easel as well. Excellent job, always enjoy your work and videos. Can’t wait to see the video!

  2. I love to do studies and exercises with limitations. It helps build speed and technique and sometimes you learn such great new things.Here, I can see how you are building the light rather than the form. How fantastic! Training your eyes to see that way is both enlightening and scary. Love this.

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