Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Hill Country Scene - Acrylic Landscape Painting + Video!



Hill Country Scene. Acrylic on Canvas Board, 14x18in. Artist Charles Wolf. Impulsive Artistry © 2017. All Rights Reserved.

Hello all, hope you having a great creative week so far! Last week I shared a post about "How to Block-in a Canvas" using only primary colors. A technique I picked up from a fellow YouTube Artist, Liam Rainsford. It's a simple enough idea, you mark out the general shapes of your composition first, filling in the whole canvas, sketching the sky, clouds, the horizon line, the foreground using lights (red and yellow) and darks (blue). Once you have a general sense of the scope of your painting, go back and start to layer the actual colors you want to use over the underpainting; this will add a great deal of richness and depth to your work. Here is where we left this piece off last week: 


Hill Country Scene, Underpainting. Artist Charles Wolf. 
Impulsive Artistry © 2017. All Rights Reserved.

So today I want to talk more about this artwork and how it progressed. As you can see, the underpainting has sort of a ocean look to it. In fact, one commenter on YouTube remarked that it looked like a finished abstracted seascape. :  ) But I had other plans and could visualize the final piece as a field with a road, as seen at the top. 

This work was inspired by a little country lane that I used to live on in San Marcos, Texas (lived there for two years) and captures some of the rugged beauty of that part of the state. While Texas certainly had its ups and downs - I love living here in NC now - the rolling hills dotted with oaks captured my creative imagination from my time spent living there. 

This particular painting took me five sessions to finish (about 5 hours of work). I was seeking to add greater detail to this composition, and coupled with the new underpainting approach, the whole process just took more time than normal as it was a bit different than the paintings I usually create. Usually, I like to share instructional painting tutorials on my paintings, but due to the amount of footage and editing that would take (at least 4 separate videos for a real time version), I settled for a 20 minute time lapse with text overlays of the color mixing!


Hill Country Scene - Time Lapse Video. Artist Charles Wolf. Impulsive Artistry © 2017. All Rights Reserved. 

Materials: 

Paper Towel
Easel or Flat Surface
Bright Brush
Filbert Brush
Liner Brush
Flat Wash Brush
3 Inch Brush
Palette Knife
Palette (Cardboard)
Water Cup
Canvas Board, 14x18in. 
Drop Cloth

Acrylic Paint:

Cobalt Blue
Naples Yellow
Naphthol Crimson
Mars Black
Titanium White

Etsy Shop:



I will be updating my Etsy Shop today. Be sure to check it out. I have lots of paintings for sale, and I really try to keep my pricing reasonable—some are only $40 for an original piece of art! 


If you have any questions about today's featured artwork, Hill Country Scene, or about painting in general, feel free to ask in the comments below! I would love to talk with you more about it. You can also share your thoughts/ask questions on the Impulsive Artistry Facebook Page.  

What sort of paintings would you like me paint and share in the future? 

Have a fantastic weekend, and I will see you all on Monday! 

—Charles

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