Oil painting – Creek rocks

I’ve always wanted to paint landscape. I admire those beautiful landscape paintings with loose brush stroke full of expression and accurate light and shadow form.

But it is out of my comfortable zone. So I tried something with less “land” elements such as field, grass, hills or forest. I picked up this piece to do a study because I thought I can manage the rocks and water, and I just need to somehow figure out the forest and trees on the background.

And then I started.

After all rocks and water stream being painted, it took me an entire week to figure out how to make the forest work. It had been wiped out several times and different tools had been applied. I’ve watched tons of forest and woods paintings in that week. But finally, I found out my way to approach the end result.

I’m glad that I did. With the experience from this study, I can now consider how to do a landscape painting with more “land”. At least I can constructively think about it rather than avoid it. Although I love to paint animals and seascape, I don’t want to give up landscape. I still want to manage it.

Also, after this study I understand that I probably wouldn’t do a realism landscape. I would probably do it the impressionism way.

So, I think there is some progress being made. ^_^

I hope you enjoy this piece.

Thank you and take care~


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