Forest Dawn

Forest Dawn – Oil on Canvas 40″ x 30″


Forest Dawn

Size of original: 40″x 30″ Other sizes available!

Oil painting on canvas 40″ x 30″

‘Wet on Wet’ Oil Painting

I love the ‘wet on wet’ (re. Wikipedia) technique of oil painting on canvas. Having learnt this method of painting with oils from a ‘Bob Ross’ book I’m looking forward to creating several more such paintings in the near future. The first painting I created in this way is ‘Spring Night‘. Ok, I know it’s another woodland scene but this technique does lend itself to landscapes and seascapes.

‘Wet on Wet’ painting simply means applying more paint before the previous layers are dry. I find it best if I can complete the painting in one session before the paint turns more ‘tacky’. This particular artwork took just five hours to complete from start to finish. It’s a great way for easily creating smooth blends and a lovely rich, deep finish. After applying fast drying black ghesso and white ghesso to the dark and light areas as an undercoat. Apply a thin layer of liquid oil paint, clear, white or black depending on the gamma of the area then add the pigments (colours). Fun!

I have used a gallery wrapped 40″ x 30″ canvas  for this artwork.

Forest Dawn – Oil Painting

Living on the coast of West Sussex I’m fortunate to live near the South Downs. This picture was inspired by the frequent early morning dog walks through the various nearby woodlands. So often when the sky is clear the countryside is shrouded by a low ground mist until the sun rises high enough to disperse it. Of course the best time to get there is just before dawn so as to witness an often spectacular light show as the sun rises.

Varying hues, the light gradually intensifies to a glow and then is splintered by the branches through the haze to dapple the flora. Quite the escape.

I hope you enjoy this picture as much as I enjoyed painting it. 🙂

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