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Landscape painting class, days two – five

We were rained out in landscape painting class tuesday, so we were given a stack of laminated prints of old masterworks and told to study them.

I chose Lake and Mountains by Lawren Harris.

My copy is is 11″x14″, acrylic on canvas board

On wednesday we were back at the park.

This was my first day with the water-mixable oils, and my first-ever full-colour painting with the oils.

My fellow classmates were a big help with the water and texture of the path.

Thursday was interesting. First it was so windy my palette flew out of my hands and onto my shirt.

I had just gotten that sorted out when it started to rain. We packed up our stuff and headed back to the college. By the time we got there the weather was beautiful, but nobody wanted to move again. We did another day of master copies.

This is from Claude Monet’s The Cliff at √Čtretat after the Storm

I had a lot of issues trying to duplicate Monet’s style, especially since we’re working alla prima, so in the end I gave that up and instead tried just his composition and colour choices. I can’t believe how many different colours he used in the cliffs!

Friday was beautiful again, so we finished off the paintings we’d started on Friday.

After having done the Monet the day previously I found it a lot easier to spot different colours, particularly in things like the tree trunk and the lake.

As you may notice – the shadow of the tree creates a face. This was purely unintentional, but I’ll take it – it looks cool.

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