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On the Easel: Maryvale, Sunny Landscape

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(My "On the Easel" posts give you a behind-the-scenes look at what I am working on, what went well, what went wrong, and things I learn.) 

Just a simple one today: Maryvale, Sunny Landscape.

Dan Scott, Maryvale, Sunny Landscape, 2021
Dan Scott, Maryvale, Sunny Landscape, 2021

Reference Photo and Study

Here's the reference photo I painted from:

Dan Scott, Maryvale, Sunny Landscape, 2021 (Reference Photo)

Feel free to paint it yourself if you like.

I also did a couple of color studies for this painting (top left and middle):

Dan Scott, Maryvale, Sunny Landscape, 2021, Color Studies, 1200W

Details

  • Oil on stretched canvas. 16x20 inches.
  • Main colors: Ultramarine blue, cobalt blue, cadmium red, alizarin crimson, cadmium yellow, cadmium yellow deep, viridian green, transparent brown oxide, and titanium white.

Refer to my supplies list for more details on what I use.

Notes

  • This painting helped me break out of a creative rut. Simple subjects like this are great to get a quick win under your belt. There's nothing worse than having a painting go wrong after a dry spell.
  • Simple subjects are challenging in the sense you need to work harder to make them interesting. In this case, I used thick texture and color variance to inject life into the scene.
  • I pushed the color temperature of the clouds. A touch of purple in the shadows and yellow in the lights to make them "pop".

Progress Shots

Step 1: A simple sketch, focusing on key lines and shapes.

WIP Dan Scott, Maryvale, Sunny Landscape (1)

Step 2: Block-in general color shapes.

WIP Dan Scott, Maryvale, Sunny Landscape (2)
WIP Dan Scott, Maryvale, Sunny Landscape (3)
WIP Dan Scott, Maryvale, Sunny Landscape (5)
WIP Dan Scott, Maryvale, Sunny Landscape (6)

Step 3: Start refining the shapes.

WIP Dan Scott, Maryvale, Sunny Landscape (8)

Step 4: Add texture and variance to the foreground. Focus on capturing the illusion of detail.

WIP Dan Scott, Maryvale, Sunny Landscape (9)

Step 5: Do the same for the trees on the left.

WIP Dan Scott, Maryvale, Sunny Landscape (10)

Step 6: Add the dark trees just below the horizon line.

WIP Dan Scott, Maryvale, Sunny Landscape (14)

Step 7: Refine and make sure everything works together.

WIP Dan Scott, Maryvale, Sunny Landscape (16)

Step 8. Sign and photograph the finished painting.

Dan Scott, Maryvale, Sunny Landscape, 2021 Signature
Dan Scott, Maryvale, Sunny Landscape, 2021

Additional Resources

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