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Lake Louise, mixed media painting tutorial

Lake Louise, mixed media on board painting tutorial

by Sandrine Pelissier on October 23, 2012

in Painting technique, Step by step demonstrations

Lake Louise, mixed media on board

Lake Louise, mixed media on board

 

 

This is the third painting I made for the exhibition “exquisite landscape” that will place at the Cityscape Art Gallery,  Feb 8 – March 9, 2013  in North Vancouver. This one was to be a lake painting and I had some lines that were to be part of the composition. I had some nice reference pictures of people canoeing on Lake Louise ( Alberta)  and used them as a reference.
Here are the steps I took:

You can see here the lines that I have to incorporate in the composition, on the lower half of the board.

You can see here the lines that I have to incorporate in the composition, on the lower half of the board.

I am drawing the people and canoe with charcoal, when done I will fix it with workable fixative.

I am drawing the people and canoe with charcoal, when done I will fix it with workable fixative.

I paint with acrylic and spray alcohol on the upper part of the painting.

I paint with acrylic and spray alcohol on the upper part of the painting.

I am then painting a background with azure blue acrylic mixed with medium then paint the canoes with red ink, I also spray a bit of red liquid acrylic all over the painting.

I am then painting a background with azure blue acrylic mixed with medium then paint the canoes with red ink, I also spray a bit of red liquid acrylic all over the painting.

I paint a layer of white acrylic diluted in medium on the upper part to be able to stamp it later.

I paint a layer of white acrylic diluted in medium on the upper part to be able to stamp it later.

I then stamp a few rows of tree to symbolize a forest.

I then stamp a few rows of tree to symbolize a forest.

I paint inside the trees with a mix of acrylic and medium.

I paint inside the trees with a mix of acrylic and medium.

I draw the foreground with colouring crayons, a few herbs and flowers.

I draw the foreground with colouring crayons, a few herbs and flowers.

I want to subdue a bit the green on the trees, so I add a layer of yellow mixed with medium.

I want to subdue a bit the green on the trees, so I add a layer of yellow mixed with medium.

To make the grasses more visible, I am painting around them with a layer of yellow.

To make the grasses more visible, I am painting around them with a layer of yellow.

Then with a light layer of green mixed with medium.

Then with a light layer of green mixed with medium.

I then paint a very watery layer of acrylic, with a bit of medium and gouache.

I then paint a very watery layer of acrylic, with a bit of medium and gouache.

I then paint a very watery layer of acrylic, with a bit of medium and gouache.  I did scratch some areas in the grass to make it whiter.

I then paint a very watery layer of acrylic, with a bit of medium and gouache. I did scratch some areas in the grass to make it whiter. I will also draw with charcoal to accentuate shapes in the grasses and tree areas.

I splatter with liquid acrylic, acrylic mixed in water, and alcohol.

I splatter with liquid acrylic, acrylic mixed in water, watercolor  and alcohol.

I paint with orange watercolor on top of the red canoes, and flowers in the grass area.

I paint with orange watercolor on top of the red canoes, and flowers in the grass area.

Here is a close-up of the grass and flowers area.

Here is a close-up of the grass and flowers area.

And here is a close-up of one of the canoes.

And here is a close-up of one of the canoes.

Lake Louise, mixed media on board

Lake Louise, mixed media on board, the finished painting

Here is a time lapse video that shows the steps I took to paint this mixed media painting:

 

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Katherine October 23, 2012 at 9:49 am

That’s a really unique and creative process, resulting in a beautiful painting! Thanks for posting the photos and explaining it! I feel like I just got a free workshop!

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Sandrine Pelissier October 26, 2012 at 10:18 pm

Thanks Katherine!

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