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.
For this painting I wanted to give the impresstion of a vast panarama. I began by covering the canvas with a coating of thin white paint. i then created the sky using colbolt blue blended into the base white. then the clouds were created by blending both the base colors under the application of titanium white. this was followed by a darkier shade of the sky color which defined the distant mountain range.
The next step consisted on adding a boundry at the base of the mountains which created another level of depth to the scene. I then created a third level of depth by outlining a line of white sand dunes with shading used to define the dunes.
In this step I added subtle detail to the foreground which not only sets the dunes further back into the painting creating more depth and resulting in another layer to the work.
To complete the work I added the foilage and the cactus in the foreground with several located on the dunes themselves. I felt this tied all of the elements together and the resulting scene is my interpetation of White Sands National Momument in an 11x14 oil. Those who have visited will reconize this view. I hope you enjoyed this step by step creative process.