Wednesday 10 June 2015


Oil on canvas, 16 x 12"
I had a free sample pack of Winsor and Newton Artists oils. It had four little sachets of colour and a blending / shading medium. I decided to make a brush painting (partly so that I could make use of the medium, partly because the tiny amounts of paint in the sachets wouldn't last very long with a knife, and partly because I haven't used a brush with oils for around 15 years).

My subject was a photograph of a particularly fascinating bit of local downland. I took the picture last December; the low winter sun emphasises the folds of the earth beautifully.

The following images show my painting progress:

Intial roughing out in turpentine diluted paint (yesterday).

Blocking in the colours using the medium

Am I finished?All brushwork so far...

 No... the final image is scraped back a little using a colour shaper.

The colours were Phthalo Turquoise, Quinacridone Magenta and Green Gold. I didn't open the Winsor Violet. But they are all lovely colours. I'm particularly struck by Green Gold, which is completely new to me.

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