Pastoral – Oil Painting



We had our storm and maybe a little too much rain and now the landscape is like a rustic romantic scene. A period of plenty and lazy lushness. The recent long hot spell caused much premature withering, resulting in some of the colours of Autumn. However, green has returned with the rain and all is right with the world.

In keeping with the rustic pastoral paintings of the 19th century, I conjured up this idyllic scene. Its a collage of various places some of which have been in previous paintings. The treatment is much different from the classical style and borrows much from the later Impressionists. The composition is also less formal with several areas vying for the attention of the viewer. Hopefully the central activity is strong enough to hold the scene together.

The painting is 20″x16″, painted in a single session on Fredrix Oil Painting Canvas. A limited palette as usual, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna, Raw Umber and French Ultramarine. Again there is no medium used only White Spirits solvent.

As usual I videoed the process and will post in a few days. See you then.


10 thoughts on “Pastoral – Oil Painting

  1. Hi,

    I’ve been following your blog for a while now and, as a oil paint beginner, I’ve found your tips and comments very useful. I was wondering if I may ask a rather boring technical question… How do you scan or photograph your work to present on electronically? (I’m sorry if you’ve already explained this in a post somewhere – I’ve tried looking on your ‘absolute basics for beginners’ pages.) I know that you put up the Time Lapse Painting, but it doesn’t necessarily seem like the final still on this page, for example, is just a crop of a video frame. As a beginner, I’m trying to build a portfolio and would like to present my work professionally, but I don’t think I’ve got a good technique for showcasing my oil paintings (I just take a photo).

    If this is a tiresome question, please don’t worry about responding. I learn lots of your posts anyway.



    • You know you are right, I should do a post about this as its a little bit technical. I’ll give you a brief run through of what I do. What you need, firstly, a basic knowledge of how cameras work, next, a reasonably good camera, a tripod, lights on stands, computer with image editing software. If the artwork can be positioned square-on to the camera you will not need to correct any distortion of its shape later on, but you will need to be able to crop the image to the shape of your artwork. The lights should be positioned at a very low angle to the surface, or you will get glare from shiny surfaces, this means more than one light positioned around the artwork. Put the camera on manual settings. Here is where you need to know how to use your camera. The White balance must be set, ISO set to low value, shutter speed can be low (on the tripod), aperture a high value. If your camera has a preview screen you can tweak the settings to match the artwork. This is always the case with White Balance. There it is, you asked for it. Alternatively, you could wait for a cloudy day, put the artwork in the open, set the camera to cloudy settings and not bother to crop the image to the shape of the artwork.

      • Thank You! That is a very helpful reply – and yes, I did ask for it πŸ™‚ I have just the camera for the job and I will give it a go with my next piece.

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