Morning Lake – Oil Painting

Morning Lake

Morning Lake

There are signs of spring everywhere. The dead dry vegetation of last summer is infiltrated with this year’s new shoots, a haze of green.

This is another ‘hybrid’ painting – a mix of Alkyd and traditional oils. Here I wanted to try ‘scumbling’. This is where fresh paint is dragged across the surface of an already dry layer, normally painted at least a few days previously. With Alkyd as the under layer, I can do this effect in a single painting session.

You can see this in the sky and water. Lighter shades of colour are placed on top of the darker washes of Alkyd, without he two colours blending together into a single paint layer. This is vibrant and in the large expanse of sky and water, the added texture allows this large featureless area to work with the very solid structure of the lake shore on the right.

Alkyds have expanded the capabilities of oil paint for me. At the moment I’m pushing this extra freedom especially into areas previously unavailable to me as an alla prima painter. The medium is dictating the type and therefore the subject matter of the paintings I’m attempting at the moment.

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


10 thoughts on “Morning Lake – Oil Painting

    • Alkyd colours are basically oil paints using a quick drying binder in the paint. They are not as quick drying as Acrylics, which are water based, but are mixable with standard oils when wet, unlike Acrylics. The binder is similar to Liquin, a medium used with standard oils to speed up the drying.

  1. I am going to take some time and look through all of your posts but these are great. I will be making videos and posting about my process soon, as I just started my painting and design blogs but I would love to have your input and discussion as I progress. I have been struggling a little with a landscape in one of my newer paintings and your videos are just what I need. Thanks so much, and thank you for liking the posts on my “paintmonster” blog as well.
    I look forward to seeing the rest. I am sure you will hear more from me on your page 🙂

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