Don´t need much

After painting this picture today, ISnapchat-8106274936334462504 was fascinated by how few tools you actually need to paint a decent painting. Without blowing my own horn to much, I thought this was my best painting yet.

When i say few tools, I´m talking about both brushes, palette knifes and paint. TIMG_17731he whole picture is painted with a combination of blue, ivory black, titanium white, a small amount of yellow, and some burnt sienna. The rest of the tools, is presented on the picture to the right.

If someone is interested in reading the step-by-step procedure of how I painted the picture, which is inspired by the book The Art of Painting Landscapes, Seascapes and Skyscapes in Oil & Acrylic , here it is:IMG_19971

For the sky, use a blend of blue, white and a little bit of ivory black. Start from the left, and paint gradually more and more to the right, blending in more white as you go. This will make the light source from the right become more clear. For the skies, use a blend of white and ivory black, and highlight the edges of them with pure white at the end.

For the rear mountains, use a blend of blue, white and black, with an emphasis on the blue paint to start with. paint in the same direction as with the skyline, and blend in more of the black paint as you go. Remember to leave out a blank space for the crashing wave, which will be painted on later. IMG_40021

For the rocks to the right, use a blend of ivory black and white. Then paint in highlighted rock formations and stones to make it pop out. For the sea I used a blend of blue, ivory black and white for the dark parts, lighting the blend up more as i came nearer to the shore. This sea blend can also be used to highlight the rocks. You can also use a small brush to add some white breaking waves out on the sealine.

The front stones is based on a blend of ivory black, white and burnt sienna. You can use a palette knife to apply the paint over the rock area of the canvas, and the use the brush to form different rock shapes. The rocks can be highlighted by the sea color from earlier, a blend of ivory black and white, and a blend of blue, yellow, brunt sienna and white. This is for the lightest parts. Snapchat-8106274936334462504

When you are done you can use a small brush to paint in some foam and crashing waves in the shore area. For the big wave, I used a blend of yellow and white for the foam, and the dark sea blend for painting in the dark tones of the crashing wave.

So, as you can see, you don´t need much to have a nice day of painting. On this one, I used about six hours.

If you´ve ended up reading this post, and have some input, it would mean a lot if you left a comment.

15 thoughts on “Don´t need much

  1. Yes, this is the quote I was lokking for vis a vis style:

    “Some painters are ruined by adopting only a certain style… all [styles] however should be studied impartially; thus one preserves his originality…” Delacroix

    In other words it is the originality or genius of the artist that matters.

      1. I hope so. I do tend to ponder about what people think, but I try my best not to. I’m at the moment considering deleting my Instagram. But I haven’t decided yet. I just hate how people (myself included) throws their work out there in a constant struggle for likes and attention. And often people (myself included) don’t even take the time to really look at what they’re liking.

      2. I understand how you feel. I daresay a million others have the same qualms. I was on Facebook for a while but deleted my account some time ago. I just don’t like the idea of people collecting information about me, profiling me, judging me, deciding what’s best for me … yes, and all this business of likes and whatnot, oh! It’s crazy! I read somewhere that we’re being trained like Pavlov’s dogs, (or rats in a maze,) and conditioned to feel happy when we get likes, (seeing them as rewards – for what?) and the opposite… oh Jesus! One feels obliged when one receives likes to send likes to the person who liked one’s stuff!!! It’s a comedy show! But as a wise old teacher of mine once said, If you can’t beat them join them! There’s less hassle that way! I don’t have an Instagram account… but then I don’t have big tits!!! Which is what it seems to me the social media game is largely about now. It’s that bad! The Internet used to be okay but now it’s all about buying and selling and towing the line, not rocking any boats, so to speak. Whatever you do decide take your time about it… hate to sound negative but there are huge swathes of me me me people who cynically exploit the situation believing it will profit them! Rant over!

      3. Haha, I love the rant 🙂 And I do agree, both when in comes to the collecting of information, profiling and the whole likes business. I actually heard in a documentary that the colour of the likes are chosen because they give us the strongest sense of happiness .

        The idea of having a nice window to show off my work is the only thing keeping me there at the moment. But so far it has lead to nothing. So whats the point, really 🙂

      4. What’s the point? I often say the same thing to myself! But then I think, what’s the point in anything / everything? Why are we here? A tiny planet circling round a star in the outer reaches of the Milky Way. Short term there may well be no point, but we should not despair. For me there is no God but there is hope… and who knows but that sticking with it for the long term, the long haul, will yield results. When I have made money in the past out of art, not much, it has been because of stuff done in the community, murals, and the suchlike. One does some such thing and is immediately inundated with requests for all sorts of art. I used to sit in UK pubs and draw the drinkers. Suddenly they have formed a queue and want their portraits done! Things like that. Real-world stuff rather than social media remoteness from reality. I notice there are people, Twitter artists they call themselves who get thousands of likes and sell prints of their mostly photorealistic works. But I don’t really look at their stuff, because it is a mistake to compare oneself with others. Press on! Don’t give up. We have to struggle in art as well as life!

      5. Hear hear! I do agree! Keep at it, and get as good as we get.

        I have been thinking about the same thing. I’ve been reaching out to the big wide world, without really showing off my work in my local community. I guess it’s because I was so insecure about my work in the start, that it was less frightening showing it off to people I didn’t know.

        I think I could get a big boost of motivation, taking a step into the daily life, in our own community 🙂

  2. The old masters used few colours to achieve their effects. But many modern painters limit their palettes too. Did you ever hear of Anders Zorn, the Swedish artist, he used black, white, yellow (ochre), and vermilion… the latter is a very expensive pigment ! Blues can be acheived optically with scumbles and contrasts. You seem to have use (French) ultramarine in your painting… but skies are seldom that blue… cerulean or indigo is better… The art of painting is a learning process, a lifetime of learning… and some! Good luck!

    1. I haven’t heard about Anders Zorn, no. But it’s a very interesting thought. I have, without it being planned, really, reduced my palette quite a bit over the last few years. It has made me more confident in finding “my own style”.

      I would like to extend this process further, though.

      Yes, it was ultramarine blue in this painting. I used it a lot, both for water and skylines. I’ve never really taken the time to plan what colours I’m going to use in a painting beforehand. But it would be a natural step to take for future sessions. I just tend to get a bit eager about applying the paint 🙂

      I appreciate the tip about cerulean or indigo, by the way 🙂

      1. I don’t know but I believe one’s own style comes through without making conscious effort… it is there, if you paint honestly, from the heart, your personality with all its idiosyncrasies, good bad and indifferent, will shine through. Of course the galleries and art establishment don’t see things that way and pressurise the painter or sculptor to acquire a style! It makes it difficult for them to sell if you are seen to chop and change! As for me I just paint whatever I want and fuck the art system (which is mostly rigged anyway – with just a few star names and the rest of us, (who are just as good, or can be if we work at it,) ignored and forgotten. It’s really bad, rotten through and through. Van Gogh wrote about it somewhere and yet he and his bro worked in galleries etc etc…. big subject. So, my friend, just relax and don’t think about acquiring a style because true art is about integrity. Being yourself. Finding out about yourself. That’s good that you get eager about applying the paint. There might be times when you get ‘painter’s block’ so make the most of your eagerness and to hell with the rest. Lol !!
        Best wishes to you!

      2. Thank you for that!

        I will definitely keep going, and move in the directions that motivates me. It tends to jump between both mediums and styles.

        I’m not getting any sales anyway, so I have nothing to lose 😛

        All the best to you as well!

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