12x16 oil No. 5 Raymar panel
I am working on my goal of creating 100 landscapes in oil. I could see no reason for my oil landscapes to be inferior to my pastel ones other than practice and technique. The 100 is my plan for practice, after all I did see my small alla prima still lifes improve. The technique involves classes. I researched and decided to take lessons from Julie Airoldi, her landscapes are beautiful and I heard she was just as good at teaching.
I have been very pleased so far. She had me start with a grisaille which I find a very comfortable way to work. It feels like getting the drawing and composition right before adding color. I let that dry for a week. The part that comes next was new to me. I mixed 4 bottles of medium with different proportions of Gamsol to linseed oil. 3 to 1, 1 to 1, 1 to 3, and the last pure linseed oil. The first pass is a glazing one using transparent color and the 3 to 1 medium. It added a little color but mainly served as an oiling out for the next layer of more opaque color. I worked on this again in the third lesson with Julie offering suggestions for softening edges. I would have done this by blending the tops of the trees with the sky, she did it by adding a third color, mixed to show light hitting the edges.
I am happy with this piece, in the future I would like to finish with thicker paint and more visible brush work but for now I am calling this done and ready to move on to the next.
12x16 oil on cradled hard board panel
This is the version I worked on in my own studio. Classwork is fun and interesting but I also want to be able to work on my own. I used one of my standard Blick cradled panels but otherwise I followed the same techniques I used in class. This time I played a little more with imaginative color. It was interesting to note that the panels were not what was giving me problems before but the lack of a system of mediums.
This needs a little more work, some sky holes to lighten up the trees closest to center and a little more definition to the other trees to break up the toy soldier affect.