Blue Cottage – Time Lapse Painting

Blue Cottage

Blue Cottage

This canvas has a rougher texture than I normally use. In some ways this makes painting easier, especially if you want a loose textured look. Although with a lot of brushing very soft effects can be produced.

In the sky here, there is a fluffy softness. It took a bit of brushing and blending but I stopped in time to retain a textured look. There is a longer transition between rough and smooth and this allows more control over this gradual change. On a smoother surface a few extra brush strokes can obliterate your carefully painted clouds.

The previous painting (here) was painted in a similar way to this, on a less textured canvas, resulting in a smooth film of paint. The cloud details were painted last. In the above, details were placed early on and even after a fair bit of blending they were there at the end.

Notice the contrast between the distant trees and the foreground. Working the paint into the canvas gave a cloud-like softness in distant trees. Mid and foreground shapes are just placed brush strokes. At a point near the end of the painting I thought this ‘roughness’ was a little too severe so I softened the hard edges to match the look of the sky.

3 colours were used again, exactly the same as the last painting (Raw Sienna, Raw Umber and Prussian Blue plus white and no black). The size is 16″ x 12″ and took about an hour and a half to complete.

Here’s the video, see you soon.


15 thoughts on “Blue Cottage – Time Lapse Painting

    • Thanks Rosie. I find the extra texture slows down the process. Even little things like having to make up bigger paint mixes (the rough weave really eats up the paint). Its like what you say about the ‘immediacy’ of quick scribbles, I also like the quick work and my resultant ‘accidents’. The texture makes the task a bit tedious for me, but a change is good now and then.

  1. I stand humbly before you and thank you from the bottom of my soul for your “like” on my meager work, Castle and Clouds. My mother is an incredible impressionistic artist, like yourself. I am merely a writer, who does much better “word paintings” than my hobbyist attempts at oil painting. I have been doing watercolors for many years, but mostly just quick impressions that I do when I travel, and I usually just give them away to passersby who like them. It’s much more personal than a camera and includes my feelings as I see a beautiful scene in nature I want to keep forever or share with a stranger for a special moment in time. Deborah A. Bowman

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