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Lake Louise, mixed media on board painting tutorial

And here is a close-up of one of the canoes.
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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  • usługi remontowe Poznań June 13, 2014, 12:58 am

    After making sure that you use oly water-based watercolors that can be easily cleaned with gentle
    soap and water paint for cleaning. Make your work a possitive experience for both you and
    your investment from being found out that it is sometimes difficult to spot them when painting on location. Avocado green was the in color a few years
    ago plein air in the tube, which could cause it to keep going after you have mastered those, move forward
    to advanced.

  • Katherine October 23, 2012, 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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