Landscape, oil on Pebeo canvas board, 30cm x 30cm (approx. 12" x 12")
Hello again, everyone. I'm sorry I have not posted since mid-November (shocking!). Although I've done a fair bit of artwork, it was nothing I could post. Some of it is for a friend's upcoming wedding, the last bit of which I finished yesterday so am now able to return to my own work for a while.
You may remember the underpainting above, done for Day 29 of Leslie Saeta's September challenge. A week or so ago, I quickly blocked in some of the colour (middle image) but had to abandon it again until last night when I painted the distant mountains, tree, gate, road and finally the house. I also tidied up the background trees and the dry stone wall. I had originally shortened the fence (which in real life runs behind the gate and past the tree) but eventually ditched it altogether to achieve a more open space.
The only four colours used are from one of my major bargains - a pack of Royal Talens Rembrandt oils: Permanent Red Medium, Permanent Yellow Light, Ultramarine Deep and Titanium White. I've heard it said that Rembrandt paints can be too oily but I get around that by simply using less medium than I would with, say, W&N paints. My mix is Refined Linseed Oil, Stand Oil and Gamsol OMS at a ratio of 2:1:1 (Carol Marine's recipe). I buy Gamsol from Stuart R. Stevenson on Clerkenwell Road in London - my first bottle was a free sample! This time, I used two Liquitex brushes (soft, synthetic and great with oils) and a tiny palette knife for the pink blossom in the trees.
Anyway, thank you for visiting my blog and for reading this far! I wish you a very happy Christmas and a prosperous and colour-filled 2014. xx