Oil Painting Landscapes

The power of creation is a powerful human need that has been reflected in everything from buildings, sculpture, books and much more. However, there is no greater medium for expression than painting. Since the earliest cave paintings to the creative works of today’s modern painters, painting is a medium that anyone from novice to experienced can access. Oil landscape painting can a great flexible media for creating great works of art and its’ quite easy to begin.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to creating your own water colour creations today!

Primed canvas, medium sized
Paints in various colours
Natural sponge
Old rag
Brushes, various sizes small to large
Palette knife

Begin by either placing a photograph of the landscape area on the canvas board or set up the canvas in the area the landscape scene is at. Be sure that your photograph or area has a good balance in lighting, proportion and texture in order to give the painting a greater sense of harmony.

Create a rough sketch of the area using a small fine paintbrush and loosely outline the area you’ll begin to fill in. Then using a larger brush create the main areas of the composition because using a larger brush will ensure that there is even shadowing and filling of the design. As you fill in and balance the texture of piece be sure that the brush strokes are done slightly dry in order to create a more natural form on the canvas.

Once the basis areas of your piece are formed, carefully add in bolder colour area using a natural sponge brush. Use the sponge brush to blend in areas that portray water for a nice natural effect. Use a lighter amount of paint on the initial sketch areas and gradually increase colour saturation.

Using a wider angled brush tip fill in and shape rocky areas creating areas of some texture on hillsides, shorelines and rocky areas that will stand standout against the bolder colour areas. In order to create a more startling contrast between areas, use a palette knife to separate and enhance areas. Using a palette knife is also a great way to manipulate and lift layers of paint to create textures such as tree bark and rocks.

Sponging is a good way to create texture for leave areas such as on trees, bushes and scrubs. Using a sponge will help you build different layers of greens, browns and grey for rocks, sand or concrete. It is especially important to understand the structure of your composition by applying the rule of thirds. This rule means that you should imagine that the canvas has been split into thirds in both directions and keep everything proportioned within the thirds.

By understanding balance, texture and shading your paintings will truly standout. So, begin by applying the rule of thirds to your piece and then incorporate proper lighting plus shading and you will be well on your way to creating art that can stand the test of time.