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Landscape mixed media painting tutorial : Farming landscape

Landscape mixed media painting tutorial :  Farming landscape
Farming Landscape,
mixed media on canvas
24 x 24 inches
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Sometimes when starting a painting I have a clear idea of what I want it to look like when I am done, sometimes it is just a process of trial and error that will last until I am satisfied with the result. This painting is one of those.

Landscape mixed media painting tutorial :  Farming landscape

Here are some of the steps I took during the making of that mixed media landscape.

golden absorbent ground medium
I prepare my canvas with an absorbent ground paste as I want to try to start my painting with gouaches.
drawing a landscape on canvas
Once the ground is dried, I draw a simple pencil outline, I made up a landscape from taking elements in 2 reference pictures and mixing them up.
painting with gouache and mixed media
I start with some washes of gouache.
spraying alcohol on paint
I am spraying some alcohol to add texture to those washes.
step by step acrylic painting lesson : layering paint
I start layering acrylics with opposites colors, for example the yellow-orange fields are painted in blue, blue sky ion yellow, trees in red…
painting with gouache
I add a wash of gouache on the sky area
step by step acrylic painting lesson : layering paint
I start to add washes of acrylic with local colors.
step by step acrylic painting lesson : layering paint
still adding washes of acrylics. Then I work with dry pastels, fixing them with workable fixative.
acrylic paint diluted in water
Then I add layers of very diluted acrylics to get a wet look.
step by step acrylic painting techniques
Still working by adding layers of acrylics and pastels, I don’t like the barn anymore on that painting as I feel it looks too cliché and is not needed in the design, so I decide to paint over it
step by step acrylic painting techniques
I paint only trees where the barn was, continue working on the layers of acrylic and pastels. I want to increase a bit the contrast and make the colors more vibrant
Landscape mixed media painting tutorial :  Farming landscape
The final painting: Farming Landscape, mixed media on canvas ( 24 x 24 inches)