Oil painting - First steps
|This is a small canvas 16 inches x 12 inches (40x31cm approx.)
Draw out the basic shapes of the painting, using soft pencil or charcoal. There is no need to draw in any detail as you will see in the next stages.
|The first layer of paint is applied as a thin wash, using paint mixed with turpentine and a little linseed oil, start with the sky and block in the main areas of colour.|
|Keep the colours as simple as possible at this stage, try to use the colours you see but in darker tones.|
|When the main blocks of colour have been applied, begin to fill in the darkest areas.
Put in some of the darker details, for example the trees in the background.
If possible leave surface to dry.
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