Painting “Fallen Trees, Striking Contrast” (Timelapse)

Painting "Fallen Trees, Striking Contrast" (Timelapse)

This was a surprisingly tricky painting, particularly around the water. It took around 5 hours all up. I used brushes, palette knives, and oil paints on Ampersand Gessobord. Most of the painting was done wet on wet, with a bit of wet on dry toward the end.

One thing I did well with this painting was working fast at the start and getting most of it done whilst I felt in the zone. In prior paintings, I have had a bad habit of hitting pause on a painting when the going was good. It’s not easy to carry the same energy and fluidity over to the next painting session. This is especially true for oil painting when you prefer to work wet on wet. Hitting pause on the painting means the paint will start to noticeably dry, meaning you’ll need a different approach in the next session.


Ampersand gessoboard, 18 x 24 inches:
Paper towel
Palette knives
Rosemary and Co Brushes (rounds, flats, and filberts):
French easel:
Glass New Wave Palette:
Odorless solvent
Tablet (for viewing reference photos):


Titanium White
Raw Umber
Transparent Red Oxide
Ultramarine Blue
Cobalt Blue
Viridian Green
Cadmium Red
Cadmium Orange
Yellow Ochre
Cadmium Yellow
Cadmium Yellow Deep
Cadmium Yellow Light