After growing up and living around the rural areas of Indiana most of his life jumping and living from barn to barn, this acrylic and oils painter finally decided it would be about time to produce a barn landscape painting of his own for others to benefit and learn from.
This how to paint art tutorial shows wonderfully the step by step process from which this artist adopts to complete a truly fantastic landscape painting which with enough perseverance can be achieved by aspiring artists and current artists of all levels.
He begins by studying his landscape before then roughly sketching it out using vine charcoal to get a great basis to work from for his acrylic on canvas painting. It is then painted over in watered down burnt sienna and to achieve his sky it took seven layers of acrylic paint to allow it to transfuse amongst the layers and the various tones and viscosities to leave an extremely realistic finish and representation. He explains how he has studied clouds for his painting for most of his life and he has actually formed a series of cloud studies from which his inspiration is drawn from for this particular canvas painting.
He applies a large flat brush loaded with white acrylic paint to a still wet sky to gather his rough shapes which resemble the clouds from his studies. He uses the clouds as a compositional element to guide the viewer’s eyes through the painting and around his focal points which is an extremely vital element within landscape painting because it avoids confusion and unnecessary distraction. It’s inspiring to see the transition through his clouds from very basic washy shapes right through to fluffy tonal and contrasting aggressive storm clouds even with just a few basic painting techniques and layer building.
With a selection of oil and acrylic brushes and a wide and varied color palette much can be gained from this artist throughout this painting demonstration, so just follow his thorough explanations and step by step approach and soon you will be able to paint with the best of them.