Step by step oil painting demonstration
Painting a sunset and lake in Oil.
A step-by-step demonstration.
Below is a demonstration of a sun setting over Derwent Water.

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Stage One:
Drawing up done with thined oil paint. Mix of Burnt Sienna and Ultramarine Blue on a prepared gesso board.
Stage Two:
It's a choice of spend more time getting the colour/s and position 100% now or do a quick under paint and add the detail in later stages...
Stage Three:
This image shows this painting a bit more than half way finished. The sky has been completed using a variety of mixes from pale blues to warm reds and yellows, all done wet against wet or wet into wet using either rigger brushes or Rosemary & Co's Ivory range - different sizes and shapes.

Next, the simple background fells, a case of mixing the correct colours needed, before moving onto the line of trees which were mostly dark greens with some areas catching some reflected light from the sky. The tops of the trees were painted into the wet sky with some sky colour added afterwards.

Some additional work was started on the water before finishing the days work but at this stage, just simple shapes and a few lines ready for the next stage which would be adding the ripples on the water and finishing the foreground...
Stage Four:
To finish this painting I first completed the area of water, which at this time, was either still (in the bay) or small gentle ripples. This was done using a rigger brush to paint the lines - using the same colours as the sky but toned down slightly.

Last to be finished, was the lake foreshore... the small stones were picking up a lot of reflected light but these highlights were painted last over a combination of three or four base colours to create the correct texture of the stony foreshore.

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