Sliabh Bloom Woodland
This water logged landscape gives very little traction to the roots of heavy deciduous trees and they fall at the first spell of very wet and windy weather.
The tangle of dead branches and smooth water surface makes an interesting pattern and texture.
Three colours used again, Cadmium Yellow, Burnt Umber and Prussian Blue plus white and no black. The technique is very liquid, something I haven’t done in a while. Dry brush work has a softness and does not express the detail found in a subject like this.
The painting has a ‘watercolour’ look and this is not surprising as the paint was very solvent rich and was flowing like watercolour. The initial colours were thin and wet and allowed to ‘dry’ with the help of a hair dryer. Onto this was drawn the darker trees and foliage – very much a ‘watercolour’ approach. Of course in the final stages the lightest colours were added in the normal oil painting way.
Here is the video, see you soon.
Close to where I live, this is a nice walk in the early morning when the frost is still on the grass and mist hangs in the air. I liked the orange colour of the beech trees, lit by the rising sun, set against the cool blues of the misty wood. Nice contrasting colours.
I’m adding small amounts of Liquin to all the mixes. I’m talking about, maybe, 20% Liquin in solvent (White Spirits). The resultant flat areas are less ‘gritty’ than using solvent alone. An example of this ‘gritty’ effect can be seen here. Click on the photo to enlarge and see the sky, especially the blue.
Remember I’m using Alkyd Oil Colours which dry very fast. Liquin actually slows the drying slightly. The dry paintings have a uniform sheen and might not need ‘oiling out’
The colours are Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Prussian Blue and White (no black). The painting is 12″ x 9″ and took about an hour and twenty minutes to complete.
Here’s the video. I’ve also included a ‘real time’ version of a portion of the previous painting.