Oil painting – Creek rocks

This creek rocks painting can count as my “landscape” study.

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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My paintings are an outlet to express the imagination I have inside my head that I can not put into words. After trying many mediums, I always find myself coming back to paint and brushes. In my current artistic practice, I use oil paint and mainly create portraits of mythical creatures and animals transfixed in the shifting colours of seascapes and landscapes. There is a natural spirit and magic to these creatures and their energy draws me in. Choosing to paint these creatures as real living wildlife rather than abstractions, I use bold and vivid colours to express the imaginary intertwined with reality, finding magic between the seams. Using a saturated colour palette, I create bold and striking imagery, contrasted between foreground and background, subject and landscape, and light and darkness. Weaving their bodies and the surface of the landscape into each other through organic forms and flowing brush strokes, I find beauty, strength and innocence in these creatures that reflect my inner world.

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