Farming Landscape, mixed media on canvas 24 x 24 inches Click on image to purchase original or print
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.
I prepare my canvas with an absorbent ground paste as I want to try to start my painting with gouaches.
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.
I start with some washes of gouache.
I am spraying some alcohol to add texture to those washes.
I start layering acrylics with opposites colors, for example the yellow-orange fields are painted in blue, blue sky ion yellow, trees in red…
I add a wash of gouache on the sky area
I start to add washes of acrylic with local colors.
still adding washes of acrylics. Then I work with dry pastels, fixing them with workable fixative.
Then I add layers of very diluted acrylics to get a wet look.
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
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
The final painting: Farming Landscape, mixed media on canvas ( 24 x 24 inches)