From belowPosted: December 10, 2016
This was the last week of my oil class, and with a little time spent working on this at home as well, I had time to finish one more painting. Because this canvas (16″ x 20″) was larger than the previous one, it took some time to complete. With my years of experience in watercolour I’ve probably never taken longer than three hours to complete a painting, but it takes a long time to cover canvas with paint! I would estimate about 8 hours for this one.
This scene of New Bonaventure, Newfoundland was one I have painted before in watercolour, but this time I wanted to paint the view from below instead of from the hilltop overlooking the village. The pattern of pilings and mossy rocks was what I found interesting when I took the reference image, and was probably the part of the painting that was most fun to work on.
My oil painting toolbox contains a limited amount of colours: Phthalo Green and Alizarin Crimson (together they make the black), Cadmium Red, Cadmium Yellow, Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean Blue and White. From this you can mix pretty much anything except for bright purples and violets. As always, I like to work with a limited palette and especially since I am just starting to learn how to work in oil, this reduces the variables quite a bit. There’s still a lot to learn but I’m setting up a space in my studio for oils so I can practice some more.