This page demonstrates the method I use to create my oil landscapes. I never use photographs nor predetermined designs or sketches on the canvas. As you review the following images progressing through the creation of the painting you will realize that by utilizing this method I have complete freedom to create anything I desire into the finished piece.
This painting sarted as a simple sky consisting of a base coat of a liquid white. I then started at the top of the canvas with a dark blue and as I blended toward he bottom the wet base of white blended with the blue and I was able to fade the blue to almost a white Using pure whte and a fan brush I added the cloud formations. Reslt ws a convincing sky.
For the next step. I painted a basic landscape to show the lay of the undilating land and the shades of ground cover. Land is never simply flat. it rises and falls and this is what I attempted to convey in the work. At this point I also added the distant montains adding depth to the piece.
I then began to add the various foilage and cactus found in all deserts. I added color to hep defind the different types of grasses, weeds, and other wild plnts. I included several rocks and small stones to begin to add more interest using the pre inserted land forms to aid in determining the placement and flow of the foliage.
Here is the completed painting with the final additions of all of the ground cover. As yu can see, the added foliage with the varied colors and shading really set the work to its finished look.