Oil Painting: My First Landscape

This is my third attempt at oil painting. You can see my first here. I’m not going to even bother showing you my second. It was a great lesson in creating art, but abandoning crap. More on that later.

This painting took me 5 hours to complete from start to finish. It was a fun trial for me, as I’ve never really painted a landscape before, and I loved working in my own interpretation in regard to colors and the original subject matter.

Here are some things I’ve learned along the way:

  1. The 20 minute drive to the studio is necessary to quiet my mind and relax my senses so I can enjoy the act of painting.
  2. I’m finding that mixing the paint (I mix all my colors before I start painting) is just enjoyable as applying it.
  3. Hesitation in art makes for un-enjoyable art.  I’m learning not to question every single brush stroke and just enjoy the process.

I think next week I might try a portrait. It would be a challenge, but it’s time to try new things!

7 thoughts on “Oil Painting: My First Landscape”

  1. Great work! The colours are just beautiful and you’ve done a wonderful job in creating a delicious dreamy feeling! You seriously must keep going at this – you’re a painter Girl!

  2. This is fantastic! I love oils but have always been a bit afraid of them. Through work I got to edit a beginning oil painting DVD with an artist I think is amazing Craig Nelson. Ever since that experience I’ve looked at oils completely different. Keep up the good work!

  3. Loving my time spent reading your blog. This is my first visit here. Thank you for going into your process using oils — from which supplies to use, to how you mixed the paint, as well as the tips and pointers you offer! I am planning on buying my first set of oils soon (I’ve always worked with acrylic), so your advice has been really valuable!

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