This is my second painting that I have completed for my series: Sanctuary.
I documented my painting throughout the couple of weeks it took to complete.
I started the painting in a hurry…not a great way to set out an image, which meant I placed everything wrong. So I had to go backwards and erase all that I had originally painted. It took three coats of grey to get rid of the dark colours underneath. Each layer I painted lighter and lighter to get a decent background for the sky. When I restarted the painting, I made sure I was standing at my easel, instead of sitting down painting, because my perspective seems to get warped when I sit. As you can see, there is a big difference between the two starts. I took my time setting everything out this time too.
My technique when completing a painting is all about layers. I am constantly building up the image, whether it is grass or the foliage in the background or bark on the trees. Each part of the painting has numerous layers by the time I finish. The most obvious build up in my photos is the grass in the foreground.
One main thing I have learnt when painting landscapes is the art of addition and subtraction. Add something in; take something else out. As you can tell by my photos I was very particular with the background foliage, because I was trying to create the depth that was in the photo I was using to paint from. The method I used worked really well to achieve that in this painting.
This is the final, finished painting “Spring”. Unfortunately, this photo has some light glare on the left hand side so it doesn’t show the darker areas on that side, but it gives a pretty good idea of what my completed piece looks like.